North Kerry Word press


‘Pray for me’: The last letter of an RIC officer executed by the IRA


Ronan McGreevy




The poignant last letter of former Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) officer who was executed by the IRA for being a spy has been released as part of the Brigade Activity Reports.


James Kane, a fisheries protection officer in Co Kerry, was executed on June 16th 1921 on suspicion that he gave his former RIC colleagues details of eight IRA men who were  involved in the shooting dead of the constabulary’s divisional commander.


Detective Inspector Tobias O’Sullivan was shot dead on January 20th, 1921 outside Listowel barracks in Co Kerry. Some time later men from the 6th Battalion, Kerry North Brigade, kidnapped Kane. They did so on instruction from IRA General Headquarters (GHQ) and interrogated him.


After a prolonged period of interrogation he was executed on June 16th, 1921. His body was left by the side of the road with a note, “Convicted spy. Let others beware. IRA.”


Before he died Kane composed a letter to his family which is in the newly-released Brigade Activity Reports files of 1 Kerry Brigade. The letter is addressed to his children, one of whom is said to have cried out as the coffin was lowered into the ground, “Daddy, daddy”.


It beings: “My dear children, I am condemned (to) die. I had the priest today, thank God. I give you all my blessing and pray God may protect you all. Pray for me and get some masses said for me.”


Kane goes on to list the financial provisions he has made for the family and the money he owes to people locally.


It is clear that his children will be left as orphans as he requests that he be buried next to his “loving wife if possible”.


He concluded: “Don’t go to too much expense at the funeral and have no drink or public wake. I am told my body will be got near home. I got the greatest kindness from those in charge of men.


“Good bye now and God bless you and God bless Ireland. Pray for us constantly and give my love to all my friends and neighbours and thank them for all their kindness.”




The Valley of Knockanure




You may sing and speak about Easter week and the heroes of ninety eight.


Of Fenian men who roamed the glen in victory or defeat,


Of those who died on the scaffold high or outlawed on the moor,


But no word was said of our gallant dead in the Valley of Knockanure.




There was Padraic Dalton and Padraic Walsh they were known both far and wide,


In every house in every town they were always side by side,


A Republic bold they did uphold though outlawed on the moor,


And side by side they bravely died in the Valley of Knockanure.




In Gortaglanna’s lovely glen these gallant men took shade ,


While in young wheat both soft and sweet the summer breezes played,


It was not long ‘till Lyons came on saying time is not mine ‘nor yours,


But alas it was late and they met their fate in the valley of Knockanure.




It was from a neighbouring hillside we listened in calm dismay,


In every house, in every town a maiden knelt to pray,


They are closing in around them now with rifle shot so sure,


And Walsh is dead and Lyons is down in the valley of Knockanure.




They took them hence behind the fence wherein the furze did bloom,


Like brothers so they faced their foe to meet their vengeful doom,


When Dalton spoke his voice it broke with a passion proud and pure,


For our land we’ll die as we face the sky in the Valley of Knockanure.




And there they lay on the cold cold clay they were martyred for Ireland’s cause,


While the cowardly clan of the Black and Tan it showed them England’s laws,


No more they’ll feel the soft breeze steal o’er the uplands so secure,


For the wild geese fly where our hero’s lie in the valley of Knockanure.




I met with Dalton’s mother and she to me did say,


May God be with my darling son who died in the glen today,


If I could kiss his cold clay lips my aching heart ‘twould cure,


And I’d gladly lay him down to sleep in the Valley of Knockanure.




The golden sun it is sinking down behind the Feale and lea,


And a pale, pale moon is rising there far out beyond Tralee,


A twinkling star through clouds afar shone down o’er Cullen’s moor,


And the Banshee cried when Dalton died in the Valley of Knockanure.




Dalton Walsh and Lyons brave, although your hearts are clay,


Yet in your stead be true men yet who will take your place today,


While grass is found on Irelands ground your memory will endure,


So God guard and keep the place you sleep in the Valley of Knockanure.



Subject: Re. North Kerry World War 1 Dead.




 Hi. Jim.


It was with interest I read the piece on the memory of those killed from North Kerry while serving with various Countries in World War 1.  My uncle Daniel J Culhane, Leitrim East, Moyvane was one of those brave young men who gave his life in that war. He left Moyvane in his teens for America and


was drafted  into the U.S Army 210th Infantry, 78th Division. He was killed in action on Oct, 25th 1918 in the Argonne Forest, France. He was  23 yrs old. I have photos and cuttings from U.S newspapers about him as he was only married a couple of months, and was dead for 9 months


before his wife was informed.




Sincerely John Culhane











    In memory of Jeremiah Lyons, Patrick Dalton and Patrick Walsh, murdered by Crown Forces


    at Gortagleanna, Co. Kerry on 12th May, 1921.




    You may sing and speak about Easter Week or the heroes of Ninety-Eight,


    Of the Fenian men who roamed the glen in victory or defeat,


    Their names are placed on history’s page, their memory will endure,


    Not a song is sung for our darling sons in the Valley of Knockanure.




    Our hero boys they were bold and true, no counsel would they take,


    They rambled to a lonely spot where the Black and Tans did wait,


    The Republic bold they did uphold though outlawed on the moor,


    And side by side they bravely died in the Valley of Knockanure.




    There was Walsh and Lyons and Dalton, boys, they were young and in their pride,


    In every house in every town they were always side by side,


    The Republic bold they did uphold though outlawed on the moor,


    And side by side they bravely died in the Valley of Knockanure.




    In Gortagleanna’s lovely glen, three gallant men took shade,


    While in young wheat, full, soft and sweet the summer breezes played,


    But ’twas not long till Lyons came on, saying “Time’s not mine nor your”,


    But alas ’twas late and they met their fate in the Valley of Knockanure.




    They took them then beside a fence to where the furze did bloom,


    Like brothers so they faced the foe for to meet their dreadful doom,


    When Dalton spoke his voice it broke with a passion proud and pure,


    “For our land we die as we face the sky in the Valley of Knockanure.”




    ‘Twas on a neighbouring hillside we listened in calm dismay,


    In every house in every town a maiden knelt to pray,


    They’re closing in around them now with rifle fire so sure,


    And Dalton’s dead and Lyons is down in the Valley of Knockanure.




    But ere the guns could seal his fate Con Dee had broken through,


    With a prayer to God he spurned the sod and against the hill he flew,


    The bullets tore his flesh in two, yet he cried with passion pure,


    “For my comrades’ death, revenge I’ll get, in the Valley of Knockanure.”




    There they lay on the hillside clay for the love of Ireland’s cause,


    Where the cowardly clan of the Black and Tan had showed them England’s laws,


    No more they’ll feel the soft winds steal o’er uplands fair and sure,


    For side by side our heroes died in the Valley of Knockanure.




    I met with Dalton’s mother and she to me did say,


    “May God have mercy on his soul who fell in the glen today,


    Could I but kiss his cold, cold lips, my aching heart ‘twould cure,


    And I’d gladly lay him down to rest in the Valley of Knockanure.”




    The golden sun is setting now behind the Feale and Lee,


    The pale, pale moon is rising far out beyond Tralee,


    The dismal stars and clouds afar are darkened o’er the moor,


    And the banshee cried where our heroes died in the Valley of Knockanure.




    Oh, Walsh and Lyons and Dalton brave, although your hearts are clay,


    Yet in your stead we have true men yet to guard the gap today,


    While grass is found on Ireland’s ground your memory will endure,


    So God guard and keep the place you sleep and the Valley of Knockanure.


REMEMBRANCE Ceremony will be held in Listowel on November 11th 2018 at 11.30 am, to mark the anniversary of the end of WW1


Limerick and Language: revival, resurgence and new beginnings.


9 November 2018


T118 Tara, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick


More from Dr. Úna Ní Bhroiméil, Roinn na Staire:






Irish Protestant nationalists and rebels




(in chronological order)




Click on name for link




| Irish Parliament               |Henry Grattan                       |1746 – 1820 |




|United Irishmen                |William Drennan                 |1754 – 1820 |


|United Irishmen                |Henry Munro                        |1758 – 1798 |


United Irishmen                |Oliver Bond                            |1760 – 1798 |


|United Irishmen               |Samuel Neilson                    |1761 – 1803 |


|United Irishmen               |Lord Edward Fitzgerald     |1763 – 1798 |


| United Irishmen              |Theobald Wolfe Tone          |1763 – 1798 |


| United Irishmen              |James Hope                          |1764 – 1847 |                   | United Irishmen              |Thomas Russell                    |1767 – 1803|                           |United Irishmen              |Henry Joy McCracken        |1767 – 1798 |                        |United Irishmen              |James Orr                               |1770 – 1816 |




United Irishmen               |James Dickie                         |1776 – 1798 |


|United Irishmen              |Robert Emmet                        |1778 – 1803 |




|Catholic Emancipation |Henry Villiers-Stuart            |1803 – 1874 |




|Young Ireland                  |William Smith O’Brien         |1803 – 1864 |


| Young Ireland                 |Thomas Davis                         |1814 – 1845 |


| Young Ireland                 |John Mitchel                           |1815 – 1875 |


|Literary Revival               |Samuel Ferguson                   |1810 – 1886 |


|IRB                                      |Thomas Luby                           |1821 – 1901 |


|Gaelic League                  |Euseby Cleaver                        |1826 – 1894 |


|IPP                                      |Isaac Butt                                   |1815 – 1879 |




|CNB                                    |Charlotte Despard                    |1844-1933 |




IPP                                       |Charles Stuart Parnell           |1845 – 1891 |


|Howth                               |Alice Stopford Green               |1847 -1929 |


|Fenian                              | William Philip Allen              |1848 – 1867 |


|Literary Revival             |Augusta (Lady) Gregory         |1852 – 1932 |


| Land League                  | Anna Parnell                            |1852 – 1911 |


| IAOS                                 |Horace Plunkett                       |1854 – 1932 |


| Howth                             | Sir Thomas Myles                   |1857 – 1937 |


|Gaelic League                | Douglas Hyde                           |1860 – 1949 |


|IRB                                    | Fred Allan                                  |1861 – 1937 |


|1916                                   |Roger Casement                       |1864 – 1916 |


|Literary Revival            |William B Yeats                        |1865 – 1939 |


|Literary Revival            |Alice Milligan                            |1865 – 1953 |


|Literary Revival            | George Russell (AE)                |1867 – 1935 |


|CNB                                  | Ella Young                                 |1867 – 1956 |


|Sinn Fein                        |Countess Markievicz              |1868 – 1927 |


|ICA                                   |Richard Brathwaite                 |1870 –    ?     |


|Howth                             |Erskine Childers                       |1870 – 1924 |


|CNB                                 |Margaret Dobbs                         |1871 – 1962 |


|Literary Revival           | James M Synge                        |1871 – 1909 |CNB                                |Annie M.P. Smithson                |1873 – 1948 |


|Sinn Fein                     | Kathleen Lynn                           |1874 – 1955 |


|Howth                           | Molly Childers                           |1875 – 1964 |


|Howth                           | James Creed Meredith           |1875 – 1942 |


|ICA                                 |Alfred Norgrove                         |1876 – 1937 |


|CNB                                |Elizabeth Bloxham                   |1877 – 1962 |


|ICA                                 |Rev. Robert Gwynn                   |1877 – 1962 |


|ICA                                 |Ellen Norgrove                           |1877 – 1934 |


|ICA                                 |James McGowan                       |1877 – 1955 |


|IRB                                 |George Irvine                              |1877 – 1954 |


|1916                               | Dr Ella Webb                               |1877 – 1946 |ICA                                |Jack White                                   |1879 – 1946 |


|ICA                                |Sean O’Casey                              | 1880 – 1964 |


|Howth                          |Mary Spring Rice                       | 1880 – 1924 |


|ICA                               |Helen Donnelly                           |1880 – 1971 |


|Howth                         |George O’Brien                            |1880 – 1952 |


|Howth                         |Darrel Figgis                                |1880 – 1925 |


|1916                              |Robert Barton                               |1881 – 1975 |


|IRB                               |Bulmer Hobson                            |1883 – 1969 |


|CNB                             |Mabel Fitzgerald                         |1884 – 1958 |


|IRB                               |Sam Heron                                    |1887 – 1937 |


|IRB                               |Ellett Elmes                                  |1887 – 1958 |


|IRB                               |Sean Lester                                   |1888 – 1959 |


|IRB                               |Henry Nichols                              |1889 – 1975 |


|IRB                               |Ernest Blythe                               |1889 – 1975 |


|CNB                             |Margo Trench                               |1889 – 1936 |


|IRA                             | Dr Elinor Price                              |1890 – 1954 |


|CNB                            | Frances Trench                           |1891 – 1918 |




|SE                               | Denis Ireland                               |1894 – 1974 |




|IV                                |Arthur Shields                              |1896 – 1970 |


|ICA                             |Emily Norgrove                            |1897 – 1977 |


|ICA                             |Annie Norgrove                            |1899 – 1976 |


|ICA                             |Frederick Norgrove                     |1903 – 1973 |




In studying Irish history I am forcibly struck by the number of people born into the Protestant or Dissenter tradition who became involved in the campaign for Irish independence, many in leadership positions. By Willie Methven.






BURNING; In early 1923, during the period of civil war in Ireland, Anti-Treatyites embarked on a concentrated campaign against the Big Houses of the he landed gentry. Between June 1922-April 1923, a staggering 199 Big Houses went up in flames. In the civil war, the only county in Leinster with no burnings was Queens County (now Laois).




Thirty seven of the houses destroyed were those of Free-state Senators, of whom about 20 were old landed families. However, the campaign against the senators is only a partial explanation of the burnings. Most of the landed class were not senators and some were social reformers (even nationalists of a sort).




A Free State Army report of 21 January 1923 states, “with depleted numbers, lack of resources and unified control and almost complete ineffectiveness from a military standpoint, their [Anti-Treaty IRA] policy of military action is slowly changing to one of sheer destruction and obstruction of the civil government.”


MALLIN (O'Mealláin) SJ, Fr Joseph (Hong Kong, China and Dublin, Ireland). Peacefully, in Hong Kong on April 1, 2018. Deeply regretted by his Jesuit companions, relatives, extended family and friends. Beloved son of Commandant Michael Mallin (executed in 1916 Rising) and Agnes Mallin (née Hickey), brother of Séamus, Séan SJ, Sr Úna and Maura and uncle of Germaine Mallin. R.I.P. Sadly missed by his nephews Mícheál and Seán Mallin, David and Michael Phillips and nieces Úna O Callanáin and Annette Mallin-Ryder.


Requiem Mass to be held at 10.00am (local time) tomorrow (Saturday) at St Ignatius Chapel, Wah Yan College, Kowloon, followed by burial in St Michael's Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong. A Memorial Mass will take place at 11.00am on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in St Francis Xavier Church, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1. Tá fáilte roimh cách.




Rosscarbery and District History Society


February 13, 2016 ·




Details of Duchas Clonakilty lecture are attached;






Our next lecture is as follows:




Diarmuid Lynch: A Forgotten Irish Patriot




Eileen McGough




The Parish Centre, Clonakilty




Wednesday Feb 24th


at 8.30 pm


On Saturday night 22 April 1916, a tense meeting in Dublin went on into the small hours to decide whether or not the Easter Rising would go ahead. Present at that meeting were Pádraig Pearse, Tomás MacDonagh, Joseph Plunkett, Seán MacDiarmada and Diarmuid Lynch. Diarmuid Lynch was the only one of the five still alive a month later. A member of the Supreme Council of the IRB, Lynch was at the heart of plans for the Rising and was aide-de-camp to James Connolly in the GPO. Initially sentenced to death, his sentence was commuted to ten years penal servitude. On his release in 1917 Lynch became active again, and along with Michael Collins and Thomas Ashe, participated in the reorganisation of the IRB. He was again arrested and deported to America in 1918. While working frenetically as the national secretary of the FOIF (Friends of Irish Freedom) in the US he was elected as a TD for the Cork South-East constituency in the 1918 elections. Later sharp differences arose between De Valera and the FOIF about how funds raised in America should be spent. Diarmuid Lynch's part in the struggle for independence deserves to be better known and more widely acknowledged.


Eileen McGough, originally from Killarney, worked as national-school teacher from 1964 to 2000. She is active in the local community of Tracton, near Kinsale, where Diarmuid Lynch was born and raised, and has published two local history books. Her book on Lynch, Diarmuid Lynch: A Forgotten Irish Patriot, which was researched through his own extensive writings as well as many other primary sources, goes a long way to rightly reinstate him as one of the most influential figures in early 20th century Irish nationalism.




Slán go fóill,






Around the turn of the century, Scottish businessman and philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, decided that the "best gift" to give to a community was a free public library. Carnegie credited his remarkable success to access to library books in his childhood and teenage years and believed strongly that educational opportunities should be free and accessible to all. In 1898, Carnegie put his beliefs into action and started a funding program that would lay the groundwork for the public library system in the US and Canada. By the time his corporation ceased funding the projects 20 years later, over 2500 libraries had been built around the world using the "Carnegie formula," which provided initial capital for the construction of the building with municipalities committing to carrying ongoing operational costs.


Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland




Irish History, Culture, Heritage, Language, Mythology


Kilmorna House, Co Kerry


    Oh Mother Ireland, dry your tears


    Be ever full of cheer,


    Pray for those noble volunteers


    Who fought to set you free.


    When freedom comes to Ireland’s sons


    Brave Irishmen will say


    “Lay down your guns, the fight is won


    At the dawning of the day”




The months of April and May, 1921 saw a lot of bloodshed in the parish of what is now Moyvane-Knockanure near Listowel in North Kerry. This was, of course, during the Irish War of Independence. On Thursday, 7 April, Mick Galvin, an IRA volunteer, was killed by British forces during an ambush at Kilmorna in Knockanure. The IRA had been lying in wait to ambush a group of British soldiers who were cycling to Listowel after a visit to Sir Arthur Vicars at Kilmorna House, his residence. Vicars had been Ulster King of Arms and custodian of the Irish Crown Jewels which were kept in Dublin Castle, the burglary of which in 1907, although Vicars was never seriously suspected of being involved in their theft, led to his ruin and, ultimately, to his death.




Found guilty of negligence and dismissed from his post, ruined socially and financially with neither position nor pension, Vicars, at the invitation of his half-brother, George Mahony, came to live in Kilmorna House. When George died in 1912, he left the estate to Sir Arthur’s sister, Edith, who lived in London. She decided that Sir Arthur could live out his life in Kilmorna. That he remained there during the War of Independence when British Forces and Sinn Fein activists were matching atrocities was foolhardy rather than courageous, and typical of the man who was generally regarded by the local people as a decent, if eccentric, gentleman. But he was also passing information on IRA activity to the British army.




On Thursday, 14 April 1921, Kilmorna House was raided by the local IRA. One of the party, Lar Broder, told the steward, Michael Murphy, that they had come to burn the house. Which they proceeded to do. However three members of the Flying Column led Vicars to the end of the garden and shot him. (One of his executioners, Jack Sheehan, was himself shot dead by the British army near Knockanure on May 26). On 12 May, Crown forces shot dead three members of the Flying Column at Gortaglanna, Knockanure, a short distance from Kilmorna (Patrick Walsh, Jeremiah Lyons and Patrick Dalton).




The Liberator (Tralee) 1914-1939, Tuesday, August 11, 1914; Page: 5


At the Listowel Petty Sessions, held on Saturday, Mr. D. M. Rattray presided. Other magistrates in attendance were: Messrs. J C Harnett, and J. Boland, M.C.C ,




Morgan Sheehy, publican, Church Street, summoned John Stack, blacksmith, for threatening language, and sought to bind him to the peace. There was also a cross case of a like nature Mr. Marshall, solicitor, appeared for the complainant, and Mr. J. Moran, for the defendant.




It appeared from the evidence of Mr. Sheehy, the complainant, that on the evening of the 28th July, he was at drill with his corps in the Sportsfield, which, for some time, past, was confined to the members of the Corps, when the defendant entered the field ; he (complainant ), with two or three other Volunteers was ordered by the man in command to put him out; they did so, he (defendant) offering but passive resistance; about an hour and a half afterwards, he (complainant) was standing at his door when the defendant and Michael Fitzgerald came across from the archway at the opposite side of the street, and said to him: "Morgan, you're one of the men who did the dirty work to-night" ; he (complainant) said he would do the same to his father if he was ordered to do so by his commanding officer; the defendant then said he would pin him to the door and threatened to have his life; he (complainant) then sent for the police, , and Constable Laffy came on the scene but the defendant had gone away.




The defendant, Mr. Stack, sworn , said he went to the sports field that evening, and on entering was objected to by the gate-keeper, but went in any way, leaned against the paling, and was not long there when Morgan Sheehy, Pat Landers, and someone else—Mr. Marshall: And perhaps Mr. Moran's son. (Laughter).




Mr. Moran: And that's the reason I'm defending him. (Laughter). Witness, continuing, said they asked him to leave, saying no one but members of the Volunteer Corps was allowed on the drill field, he left and about an hour afterwards himself and Michael Fitzgerald were chatting on the street opposite complainant's door, when he (complainant) came out and said if he (defendant) didn't; leave he would get him removed ; he (witness) asked why he should leave, but shortly afterwards himself and Fitzgerald went down to Mr. Enright's public house and had a drink, and while having it Morgan Sheehy came to the office door and burst it in and challenged him to come out and light but he did not go out; some time after, himself and Michael Fitzgerald left the house, but saw no policeman outside. Continuing, witness added that when he went to the Sportsfield, he did not know the rules and regulations, but went with the intention of joining the Volunteers, and still intended to do so.




In reply to Mr. Marshall, witness admitted that he was cautioned by John Nolan, the gate-keeper, but he went in anyway; he had to go across the street to Morgan  Sheehy's side to go down to Mr. Enright's publichouse; he didn't, remember about saying he would pin the complainant to the door or in any other way threatening him ; but the first insult he (witness) got was that if he did not leave the street he (complainant) would get the police to remove him.




Mr. James Enright, examined, said John Stack and Michael Fitzgerald came to his house, and went, into the office for a drink.. They were there two or three minutes when Morgan Sheehy came in and opened the office door, John Stack banged the door and Sheehy went away; he (witness) heard no challenge to fight.


Mr. Marshall: There was no question of fighting by Mr.Sheehy ?  No. He (witness) saw Constable Laffy outside the door at the time.


Michael Fitzgerald sworn, said he and the defendant were talking on the street for some time; when they crossed the street, inclined to go into Morgan Sheehy's: they met him (complainant) at the door. John Stack said something to him about, what happened in the Sports field, when he (complainant) said he would do the same to his father, and Stack then said he would pin him to the door; himself' (witness) and Stack then went, down to Mr. Enright's and Morgan Sheehy came to the office door and called out Stack, but Stack would not go out. The Chairman said the magistrates were unanimous in binding John Stack to the peace for twelve months, himself in £5 and two sureties of £2 10s. each.


Knockanure Old IRA, included Pat Carroll, Toronto; Patrick Casey, New York;, Denis Goulding Chicago;, Michael and Hugh Goulding Knockanure;, Paddy McMahon Knockanure, ; Bill Flaherty Knockanure;, Jack McElligott Knockanure;, Mick Mulvihill Coilagurteen;, Danny and Lar Broder and Bill Fitzmaurice Coilagurteen. Jerry Kennelly Knockanure.



FLU: Three Percent of the World’s Population Died in the 1918 Flu Pandemic


Blue lips. Blackened skin. Blood leaking from noses and mouths. Coughing fits so intense they ripped muscles. Crippling headaches and body pains that felt like torture. These were the symptoms of a disease that was first recorded in Haskell.


Kerry News 1894-1941, Monday, July 27, 1925; Page: 2


DEATH of Patrick Enright. Greenville, Listowel, Captain during the Anglo-Irish and recent wars of the Listowel Volunteer Company, died at the Hospital, Listowel, early on Saturday morning.




The story of his death is the story of Gortaglanna, "that field of fate and blood," whose name should be changed to "Gort an Air." On the 12th May, 1921 with his comrades Jerry Lyons, Paddy Dalton and Con Dee he was captured unarmed on the roadside between Listowel and Knockanure by a large force of Tans.




Mick Galvin ;He was a member of the Flying Column from its inauguration and met his death in action at Kilmeaney Wood between Listowel and Kilmorna on the 7th April, 1921.




Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, December 18, 1971; Page: 13


Death of Knockanure  Volunteer


MR. MICHAEL GOULDING, Knockanure. who died at an advanced age, was a member of the 6th Batt.. Kerry No. 1 Brigade Old I.R.A. He joined the Volunteers in 1916,




Irish Independent 1905-current, 30.10.1971, page 21


. CRON1N (Bunagara, Listowel, Co, Kerry) — Oct. 29, 1971, at Glanmire Hospital, Cork, Thomas Cronin, member of 6th Batt., Knockanure Company Old I.R.A.; deeply regretted by his loving stepbrother, relatives and friends. R.I.P.






Kerry Reporter 1924-1935, Saturday, April 23, 1932; Page: 5




Republican Kerry, and especially North Kerry, will pay honour to the memory of some of its dead soldiers on Sunday next, when at Gale Cemetery, midway between Listowel and Liselton, a memorial will be unveiled.


The names of the six men to be honoured are Commandant Sean Lenane. 6th Batt., Kerry No. 1 Brigade; Capt. Paddy Walsh, 3rd Batt. Kerry No. 1 Brigade; Section Commander Michael Galvin, Ballydonoghue. Co., 3rd Batt., Kerry No. 1 Brigade; Vol. Michael Lynch, Ballydonoghue Co.. 3rd Batt. Kerry No. 1 Brigade: Vol. Thos. Leane, Ballydonoghue Co., 3rd Batt. Kerry No. 1 Brigade; Vol. Michael Lynch, Ballydonoghue Co., 3rd. Batt., Kerry No. 1 Brigade.




Kerryman 1904-current, Friday, April 12, 1985; Page: 6


Duagh Notes


Sympathy is also extended to the wife, sons, daughters, relatives and friends of the late John (Jack) McMahon, Old IRA, of Knockanure.


Kerryman 1904-current, Saturday, May 24, 1930; Page: 8


GORTAGLANNA. A Field and a Memory.


Padraig O'Ceallachan, O.S., Knockanure, recited a decade of the Rosary in Irish. He then addressed the crowd in Irish, and afterwards in English, introducing the speaker, Mr. John Ryan, Caherciveen. 


Statement of Archbishop Eamon Martin on the death of former Taoiseach Mr Liam Cosgrave RIP


October 2017.


Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has issued a statement on the death of former Taoiseach Mr Liam Cosgrave RIP. Archbishop Eamon said, “As with many people across the country, I was saddened last evening to hear of the death of the former Taoiseach Mr Liam Cosgrave. 




“Following in the political footsteps of his beloved father, Liam Cosgrave was admired by people the length and breadth of Ireland as a wise, modest and kind man of great integrity.  During uncertain times in our history Liam Cosgrave did not shirk from making important and challenging decisions which demanded decisive political, economic and moral leadership. 




“A man of strong faith, Liam Cosgrave placed great value on the primacy of conscience in his political career and in his private life.  One of the high points of his life was his attendance at the 1975 canonisation in Rome of the martyred Saint Oliver Plunkett during which he read one of the readings at the Mass.




“At this sad time for Mr Cosgrave’s family, friends and colleagues in politics, I pray for all those who mourn him and for the happy repose of his soul.




“Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilís.”




From Listowel Connection


A Poem from The Trenches of WW1 is uncovered




This photo and story is from The Irish Post






The photograph was taken at Cornelius’ home at 40 Shannon Street in Bandon after his return from the war.


It shows the O’Mahoney family posing for the camera in front of their humble Co. Cork home – their graceful mother sat wearing a smile, exuding pride.




A MOVING poem written by an Irish soldier during World War One has been unearthed in an attic in Britain over a century on.




Peter ‘Derry’ McCarron was clearing the house of his late mother in Kendal, Cumbria when he discovered the poem within a stack of old documents.


The verses were written by his great-uncle Cornelius O’Mahoney, who was born at 40 Shannon St (now Oliver Plunkett St) in Bandon, Co. Cork in 1889.


Cornelius was 26 when he fought in the Dardanelles, Turkey in 1915 for the 1st Royal Munster Fusiliers – who lost over a third of their regiment during the Great War.


His beautiful poem – titled simply ‘The Royal Munster Fusiliers’ – was dedicated to the “memory of our dear comrades who died in Seddul-Bahr, April 25 1915.” It reads:




‘They are gone, they are gone


Yet their memory shall cherish


Our brave boys who perished


And crossed over the bar


O’er their graves now the wild hawk


Doth mournfully hoverIn that lone weary jungle


Of wild Seddul-BahrIn


In the highest of spirits they


Went through the Dardanelles


And scattered their rifles


O’er the hills afar


Not knowing their days


On this Earth they were numbered


When the regiment arrivedIn wild Seddul-Bahr


Shot down in their gloom


And the pride of their manhood


But God’s will be done


’Tis the fortune of war


With no fond mother’s words


To console their last moments


Far, far from their homesteads


In wild Seddul-Bahr.


May they rest, may they rest


Unhallowed in story


Tho’ their graves they are cold


Neath that lone Turkish star


Yet their presence is missed


From the ranks of the Munsters


Our heroes who slumber


In wild Seddul-Bahr.’




Following the Royal Munster Fusiliers’ disastrous campaign in the Dardanelles, Cornelius O’Mahoney’s unit was redeployed to the Western Front after a humiliating retreat.


“It was a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire,” Derry, who was delighted to discover his great-uncle’s moving stanzas so many years on, told The Irish Post.


“Cornelius thankfully survived the Western Front and most of his family went to England after the warFollowing the Irish War of Indepencence, the Irish Civil War and establishment of the independent Irish Free State in 1922, The Royal Munster Fusiliers were disbanded.


On June 12 of that year, five regimental Colours were laid up in a ceremony at St George’s Hall, Windsor Castle in the presence of HM King George V.


Nevertheless, the regiment chose to have its standard remain in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin.


The Royal Munsters won three Victoria Crosses in total during the Great War.


“Cornelius died in Shanakiel, Co. Cork in the late 1950s. His youngest son John Joe stayed in Bandon and died only around 15 years ago,” Derry said.


He added: “I found his poem among old documents when we cleared my mother’s house in Cumbria. It was a beautiful surprise.”


Derry kindly provided The Irish Post with a picture of a young Cornelius with his mother, two brothers, and two sisters taken almost a century ago.


SANDES: At the outbreak of the First World War, Flora Sandes volunteered to become a nurse but was rejected due to a lack of qualifications.




Sandes nonetheless joined a St. John Ambulance unit raised by American nurse Mabel Grouitch and on August 12, 1914 left England for Serbia with a group of 36 women to try to aid the humanitarian crisis there.




They arrived at the town of Kragujevac which was the base for the Serbian forces fighting against the Austro-Hungarian offensive.




Sandes joined the Serbian Red Cross and worked in an ambulance for the Second Infantry Regiment of the Serbian Army.




During the difficult retreat to the sea through Albania, Sandes was separated from her unit and for her own safety enrolled as a soldier with a Serbian regiment.


Flora was imprisoned by the Gestapo - the German political police - and was freed after a week, but had to report to a Gestapo officer every week, her beloved husband died of heart failure in 1941.




She moved around several times before settling again in Suffolk.  After a brief illness, she died at Ipswich and East Suffolk Hospital on 24 November 1956 of ‘obstructive jaundice’, aged 80.





Daniel Desmond Sheehan


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Daniel Desmond (D.D.) Sheehan, barrister-at-law, Captain,


May 28th 1873 – November 28th 1948.


Teacher, journalist, labour leader (Irish Land and Labour Association), Member of Parliament for mid Cork 1901 – 1918, barrister-at-law, soldier in WWI, author.


Sheehan’s Cottages. Under the Labourers (Ireland) Act 1906, 40,000 cottages on an acre of land were built around the country. Known locally in Cork as Sheehan’s cottages due to D.D. Sheehan’s campaigning as part of the ILLA. He organised the building of the Irish Model Village at Tower near Blarney.


From 1909, He campaigned for the AFIL – All for Ireland League. The aim was for an all Ireland by consent.


Served with the Royal Munster Fusiliers and other units during The Great War from 1914 to 1917. Decommissioned in late 1917 due to ill health; receiving the honorary rank of Captain.


Wrote “Ireland since Parnell” published in 1921.


Worked as a Journalist. Exposed slums in the Dublin region. Editor of the Dublin Chronicle from 1929.  During the 1930s provided legal advice and campaigned for Buy Irish Goods.


Died in 1948 and was buried at Glasnevin National Cemetery.


Ashe Memorial Hall Rededicated To Thomas Ashe, 23 May 2017.


The Hall was built on Denny estate lands and which was purchased by Tralee Urban District Council in 1922 –the park, including the site for the Hall, bought for  £5,575.


The building was designed by Thomas J Cullen Architect, Dublin and John Kenny & Sons Limited was the contractor. Construction, at a cost of £32,480 commenced in 1924 and was completed in 1928.


Dublin Food Supply Company 1916


Posted on 23rd December 2016 damien




One of the legacies of 1916 in Dublin was the increased price of food and milk. By the year’s end, due to poor supply and profiteering, this became a crisis. In December 1916, a committee was formed whose object was the supply of cheap food to the poor of Dublin in difficulties due to either the Great War or the ‘local Irish situation’. Jesuit Tom Finlay, who had previously worked with Sir Horace Plunkett in the Irish Agricultural Organisation Society, established the Dublin Food Supply Company (1916-1926) at a meeting in the Royal Hibernian Academy, Lincoln Place.




The following individuals became part of the Dublin Food Supply Company committee: Lady Frances Moloney (Chairperson) (in 1918, she became one of the founders of the Missionary Sisters of St Columban), Miss Conroy, Miss Janet Cunningham, Mrs Wilson, Mrs Cogan, Mrs O’Brien, Mr McKee, Mr Fallon, Mr Desmond O’Brien, Mr Cruise O’Brien, Mr Michael J. Dillon and Mr W.A. Ryan.




It was agreed that 4 Killarney Street (later transferred to 10 Lower Gloucester Street) should be taken temporarily as a shop, from Monday 18 December 1916. The society had £137 in their account and Fr Tom Finlay SJ was able to source ten gallons of milk, Lady Moloney secured a half a ton of potatoes and Mr O’ Brien, bags for the potatoes from IAWS. The milk crisis of 1917 resulted in the Corporation of Dublin requesting that the Dublin Food Supply Company take over the distribution of the milk supply previously provided by them. By 1918, depots where food and milk could be bought were located at: Grattan Street; Francis Street (later transferred to 88 Thomas Street); North King Street and Old Camden Street. By 1924, further properties were bought at Gloucester Place Upper; Middle Gardiner Street and No. 1 Pimlico, parish of St. Catherine, city of Dublin to ‘carry on business solely for the purpose of supplying to the poor, all or any manner of household supplies at such a price and no greater over and above the wholesale price as will cover rents and other costs of distribution’. In February 1925, the Dublin Food Supply Company was running a deficit and the falling off in trade due to the business depression resulted in the ceasing of operations n 1926.






 On September 25th 1917 Mick travelled to Limerick City to the recruiting office and enlisted in the Prince of Wales Leinster Regiment (The Royal Canadians) for the duration of the war. He underwent his training at Birr in Co. Offaly and was posted to the Machine Gun Corps in Glencorse, Scotland.  In the month of March 1918 he joined the 2nd battalion and was posted to France.  In 1918 the German offensive had hit the Western Front and somewhere along the line Mick, who was deployed as a sniper marksman went missing and was found to be a prisoner of war in Limburg 21/27th March 1918. Following the armistice of November 1918, Mick was released and discharged from the army in February 1919. Not having his full of army life and with the fighting spirit still hot in his blood he re-enlisted almost immediately at Portsmouth in the south of England and was posted to India landing in Bombay November 21st 1919. He returned from India in April 1922. In July that same year the Leinsters were disbanded and soon after Mick returned to Ireland to join the offensive against the Black and Tans. He was arrested by the said Tans in Newcastle West on one occasion and narrowly escaped death at Blaine-bridge on another when three Crossley Tenders drove down the Glin to Athea road passing by the spot where Mick and his comrades were billeted for the night. Was it not for the sentries whistle (who more likely than not was Jack Griffin, Glenagragra, Glin they would all be massacred. It is of the belief that Jack Griffin was the designated whistle man during fight against the Tan’s.




My great grandfather Tom Langan of Glenagragra, Glin also joined the British Army but at an earlier time. Tom was wounded whilst fighting with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers during the Battle of Tel-El-Kebir, Egypt, September 1882. On June 8th 1883, he had the honour of being presented with The Bronze Star for his heroics in the said campaign. Following his wounding, Tom, along with many of his fellow injured colleagues, all returned to Aldershot in Surrey.  (Tom’s mother in law was Margaret Mackessy a sister to Mary Mackessy, Patrick Geoghegan’s wife) Tom Langan was born in Kilcolman, later moved to Creagh St. Glin before settling in Glashapullagh, Athea, Co. Limerick. Although his address is referred to as Glenagragra through all these writings it’s actually Glashapullagh as the house is situated inside the Glasha river which is the bounds between the parishes of Glin and Athea.




More relations


Thomas F. O’Connor, b. Jan 15th 1919, New Haven. Military service – Army WW2 African-European theatre, awarded Purple Heart. Member of New Haven Police for 25yrs. Died Oct 23rd 1998 at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Married to Uretta Smith.