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.


Hewson, Falkiner Minchen (1862–1926)




There passed away on the 16th June Captain Falkiner Minchen Hewson, of Highfields Station, in the Augathella district, Queensland.




He was the son of Mr. William Minchen Hewson, of Finnge House, Kerry, Ireland, and was born in 1862. Upon the completion of his education and at the age of 19 years he migrated to Australia, and gained colonial experience on Tambo Station, Queensland, under Mr. Terrick Hamilton. In 1895 he purchased Highfields, which he made his home until his death. He also had Laguna Station, Augathella, and was associated with many interests both in Brisbane and England.




Although well over the age for active service, he offered his services, and as a Captain in the Transport Division in the British Army did useful work at the front all through the war. The late Capt. Hewson married Miss Dodd, of Melbourne. His elder son, on finishing his course at Cambridge, came out to Australia and assisted his father on Highfields Station. Mrs. Hewson, their daughter, and younger son, who is still at school, are living in London at Uplands, East Sheen. Mr. Frank Hewson, who lives in Sydney, and owns Talleyrand Station, Longreach, Queensland, is a brother of the late Capt. Hewson. (See Picture below link)


Maurice Reidy, third son of Michael Reidy of Castleisland was the only one who did not go to USA. He went as a very young man to Tralee and was successful with Healy Brothers. He had nine [?] children most of whom went of USA except:




                                                                                                Michael Reidy - architect


                                                                                                Maurice Reidy - killed in Great War


                                                                                                John Reidy - missing in Great War


Eileen Reidy - in London from Cork College [author of this letter]




There was no issue of Michael, Maurice, John or Eileen Reidy. There was no issue for Cecilia Reidy of Boston.




John and Mary Reidy of Beaufort, Killarney, Kerry.




Rev John Reidy, Professor of Theology, Killarney Seminary. Lager Dean Reidy of Kerry living at St John's Presbytery, Tralee.


Mary Reidy, Domestic Science teacher Kerry. No issued. Died unmarried [??]


Joe Reidy, Barrister of Law, Dublin and Killarney 


1911 Heat Wave


Fourth of July celebrations across New England and New York City were interrupted in 1911 by a deadly heat wave. Record highs were set during the week-and-a-half scorcher that sent temperatures soaring into the 110s in some areas. Eggs could be cooked on the sidewalks and tar streets melted, trapping cars and pedestrians. The 11-day hot spell took the lives of 2,000 in New England and 211 more in New York City before thunderstorms cooled down the Northeast. Humans weren’t the only casualties of the heat wave. In New York alone about 600 horses died from the record high temperatures.






PORTRAITS 1916 Eamon Dore. RTÉ.ie EamonDore describes the months leading up to the Easter Rising. Check out video on 1916.


Posted on 14/01/2017    by glinnews








Interview with Eamon Dore, a native of Glin, Co. Limerick. He was a confidante of Seán MacDiarmada and Tom Clarke. He ended up to marry Nora Daly, Kathleen Clarke’s sister in 1918.


“We Careered Up Moore Street With The British Firing Down On Us” 1916






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Eamon Dore describes the months leading up to the Easter Rising. He fought in the GPO during Easter Week and talks about the fighting, the leaders, O’Rahilly’s charge and the surrender.


Eamon Dore was from Glin, County Limerick and was studying medicine in UCD, Dublin. He was a member of the IRB and joined the Irish Volunteers soon after their inception. This interview begins with Dore recalling the meeting of the Military Council of the IRB where they decided on the date of the Rising. According to Dore, “They’d all their arrangements made”. The tension was high in Dublin as it was feared that the authorities were going to arrest the Volunteer leadership at any moment.


While the IRB were finalising their plans, James Connolly was preparing his Citizen Army to strike a blow also. A meeting was arranged with Connolly, which took place in Dolphin’s Barn on the south side of the city. After this the IRB and Connolly agreed they would fight together.


Dore was very close to both Tom Clarke and Seán MacDiarmada, who he met sometime around 1914 while in Tom Clarke’s shop on Parnell Street. Remembering that first meeting Dore says,


I was really thrilled with the sincerity that seemed to come out of his face.


At the time of the Rising Eamon Dore was on holiday at home in Limerick. As soon as he heard the Rising was on, he made his way to Dublin and managed to get into the GPO. Dore was ordered by MacDiarmada to escort the Daly sisters to Kingsbridge (Heuston) Station. The sister were to bring word to Cork and Limerick that the Rising had begun. He got the girls safely away but when returning to the GPO he noticed a large number of British troops in the area surrounding O’Connell Street.


After some difficulty he made it back to the GPO but as he was about to enter the building he came under fire from the military. Unharmed he got into the post office and reported his findings to Tom Clarke, MacDiarmada and James Connolly. Not believing Dore, Connolly left the GPO to see for himself the situation, and was shot.


By Friday the position in the GPO was becoming untenable. Even though the building was ablaze and beginning to collapse Dore was amazed at his comrades,


They were all standing there as if nothing was wrong. The whole place was on fire, the shelling was still going on, the heat was intense… and here were those fellas waiting for further instructions.


Dore was chosen to go out with the advance guard lead by ‘The’ O’Rahilly. Describing the charge up Moore Street he says,


It struck us that we couldn’t get any further, the British were too strong there. We’d no hope of doing anything.


O’Rahilly and a number of other Volunteers were killed. Dore and his comrades managed to find shelter in a nearby yard where they remained until the surrender. He was interned in Frongoch Internment Camp. At the time of the Easter Rising he was attached to ‘B’ Company, 1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers. On his release he rejoined the IRB and during the War of Independence served as an Intelligence Officer IRA Limerick. He married Nora Daly in 1918, whom he had brought safely to Kingsbridge Station during the Rising. Eamon Dore died in 1972, he was seventy-six years old.


Eamon Dore was interviewed for the RTÉ Television project ‘Portraits 1916’ in 1965.




Glin Historical Society will meet on Thursday February 2nd 2017 at 8 p.m. in Cloverfield Centre.


There has been a recent exciting discovery of documentation including new photos and manifests relating to boats and trading at Glin Pier.


Come along and bring a friend to reminisce and stroll down memory lane.




  We are back! Glin Historical Society will meet on Thursday February 2nd at 8 p.m. in Cloverfield Centre. There has been a recent exciting discovery of documentation including new photos and manifests relating to boats and trading at Glin Pier. Come along and bring a friend to reminisce and stroll down […]






Ebenezer Turner, the Inland Revenue officer, originally from Scotland who was resident in Milltown between 1869 and 1875, writes  his memoirs:




Ebenezer Turner “Six Years in Ireland – Part One”, The Venture, Vol. 6, pages 93-111 (Edinburgh, 1897)








Duagh native and UCD historian Dr Mary McAuliffe will give a talk at 8pm on Thursday, November 24th in Duagh national school hall on Robert Dillon, from Lyreacrompane, who has now become known as the 'Fifth Kerryman' killed during the Easter Rising.


Dr McAuliffe - one of the co-editors of 'Kerry 1916: Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising - has researched the story of the north Kerry native who was a successful businessman in Dublin's Moore Street. He died tragically while trying to get his family to safety during the worst fighting of the Rising. Witnessing Dillon's death on Moore Street, Pádraig Pearse is said to have finally decided to surrender to prevent further civilian casualties. Robert Dillon's name is now on the list of the Rising dead in Glasnevin Cemetery. His descendants are the Dillon family in the parish.


Dr McAuliffe and fellow author Owen O'Shea will also talk on the other north Kerry men and women who took part in the Rising and who were active during the Revolutionary Years. Poet and Ballylongford native Brendan Kennelly will give a poetry reading and there will also be a musical interlude with a 1916 theme.


This event is a fundraiser for the local Transition Year students who are travelling with the Hope Foundation to Kolkata and entry is €5 per family. The book on the period, Kerry 1916: Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising - A Centenary Record will be for sale at a special price on the night. All are welcome.


Whenever you approach any of God's children -- no matter who or where they are -- treat them with dignity, integrity, honor, and humility. Remember, they are kings and queens in God's eyes.


James Goll.






Teahan Kerry




North Otago Times, Volume CV, Issue 13925, 6 July 1917






John Kane of Co Kerry




New Zealand Herald, Volume LIII, Issue 16347, 29 September 1916




Cronin Co Kerry




Otago Daily Times, Issue 17044, 30 June 1917






Butler Co Kerry




Sun, Volume IV, Issue 1056, 30 June 1917


Mossy of Glin County Limerick, was the second son of ‘Big Maurice’ O’Shaughnessy (1878 – 1943) by his wife Margaret Colbert. Margaret was a first cousin of Captain Con Colbert who commanded the rebels at the Jameson Distillery during the Easter Rising. Colbert was subsequently court-martialled and shot

LYNCH: Thanks for the list. Going through the names I came across the name of Captain Francis Spring, 24th.Regiment, Tralee parish church. My great grandfather Michael Lynch served over twelve years in India with the 88th.Regt. of Foot. He received the Indian Mutiny medal when the British Government suppressed the revolt by the East India Company, the most powerful trading company in history. In March 1869 he was discharged as medically unfit due the effects of the India climate. He returned to Tarbert married a local girl having qualified for an army pension . A grandson of his also named Michael was killed in France in 1916 while serving with the Royal Munster Fusiliers. So there is a lot of history there.


Bartholemew (Batt) O’Connor was born in Brosna, East Kerry on 4 July 1870. Educated at the local national school, he worked with his father and brother as a stonemason and in 1893, emigrated to the USA. He returned home in 1898 and moved to Dublin and in 1904 he branched out as a sub-contractor building houses.




He joined the Gaelic League in Dublin and later the Irish Volunteers and was sworn into the IRB. During Easter 1916 he was sent to Kerry to await instructions about the Rising


planned in the county. However upon hearing of the arrest of Sir Roger Casement and the loss of the German guns he returned to Dublin and was arrested by the police. He was taken to Kilmainham Jail where he was sentenced to be shot but was deported to Wandsworth Jail and later Frongoch prison camp in Wales.




He formed a close friendship with Michael Collins after their release and helped him in re-organising the IRB network and the Sinn Féin organisation. O’Connor was entrusted with the gold collected from the Dáil loan and buried it under the concrete floor of his house. This was never found despite frequent raids during the War of Independence. He was elected as a Sinn Féin councillor in 1920 and soon became chairman of the council which swore allegiance to Dáil Éireann. His various houses were used as safe-houses during the War of Independence and he himself was on the run throughout 1921. He persuaded Michael Collins to go to London to form part of the Anglo-Irish Treaty delegation.




He remained a councillor for Cumann na nGaedheal after 1922 and was a joint treasurer of the party. He was elected to the Dáil in 1924 and remained a TD until his death in 1935. His funeral was attended by many of the then Fianna Fáil government.




(UCD Archives) Letters from Batt O’Connor, mainly to Máire and Billy [in America], analysing the implications of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the Treaty debates, the possibility of civil war, the attitudes of Eamon de Valera, Cathal Brugha and Michael Collins, and the euphoria of Collins going to Dublin Castle ‘to take over all its power and all it stood for’. Dwells at length on the character and significance of Collins (December 1921–January 1922). Includes a letter written from Rome when accompanying William T. Cosgrave, President of the Executive Council, and his wife on a visit there; copy of a letter from George McGrath, Comptroller and Auditor General, to O’Connor about the deposit of gold reserve in the Bank of Ireland.


Aherns in Ireland's Memorial Records 1914-1918

The following list has been extracted from Ireland's Memorial Records
1914-1918. For additional information and names, see the index
ofAherns in Commonwealth War Grave records.

AHERN, Cornelius. Reg. No. 12330, Rank, Private, Royal Dublin
Fusiliers, 11th Battalion ; killed in action, France, July 1, 1906 ;
born Cork. [see obituary]

AHERN, Daniel. Reg. No. 4165. Rank, Private, Royal Munster Fusiliers,
8th Battalion ; died of wounds, France, September 1, 1916 ; born
Castleconnell, Co. Limerick.

AHERN, David. Reg. No. 11124. Rank, Sergeant, 1st Royal Dublin
Fusiliers ; killed in action, France, April 16, 1917 ; born Middleton,
Co. Cork.

AHERN, Edward. Reg. No. 4634. Rank, Private, Royal Munster Fusiliers,
1st Battalion ; died Gallipoli, December 5, 1915 ; born St. Ann's,

AHERN, Francis Australian Imperial Forces ; killed in action, April 16, 1918.

AHERN, James. Reg. No. 7265. Rank, Private, The Oxfordshire and
Buckinghamshire Light Infantry ; died, Mesopotamia, November 22, 1917
; born Cork,

AHERN, John. Reg. No. 26. Rank, Private, 6th Leinster Regiment ; died
of wounds, Egypt, March 21, 1918 ; born Limerick.

AHERN, John. Reg. No. G/4943. Rank, Private, The Royal Sussex
Regiment, 7th Battalion ; killed in action, British Expeditionary
Force, July 7, 1916 ; born Tralee, Co. Kerry ; age 19. [see obituary]

AHEARN, John Edward. Reg. No. 7901. Rank, Private, Royal Inniskilling
Fusiliers, 1st Battalion ; died of wounds, France, July 4, 1916 ; born
St, Heliers, Jersey.

AHERN, John Patrick. Reg. No. 1811. Rank, Lance-Corporal, The London
Regiment, 3rd Battalion ; killed in action, France, March 10, 1915 ;
born Skibbereen [Co. Cork].

AHERN, Joseph. Reg. No. 6728. Rank, Private, Irish Guards, 2nd
Battalion ; killed in action, France, July 31, I917 ; born Lehenagh,
Co. Cork.

AHERN, Joseph. Reg. No. Spts/3570. Rank, Private, The Royal Fusiliers,
24th Battalion ; killed in action, France, November 13, 1916 ; born

AHEARNE, Michael. Reg. No. 897. Rank, Gunner, Machine Gun Corps (Motor
Branch) ; killed in action, France, March 11, 1916 ; born St. Mary's,

AHERN. Michael. Reg. No. 9988. Rank, Private, The Royal Irish
Regiment, 1st Battalion ; died, home, April 13, 1915 ; born St.
Munchin's, Limerick.

AHERN, Michael. Reg. No. 53068. Rank, Sergeant, Royal Regiment of
Artillery (Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery) ; killed in action,
France, July 20, 1916 ; born Limerick.

AHERN, Patrick. Reg. No. 5888. Rank, Private, Irish Guards, 1st
Battalion ; killed in action, France, September 17, 1916 ; born Cork.

AHERN, Patrick. Reg. No. 6950. Rank, Private, Royal Munster Fusiliers,
1st Battalion ; killed in action, Gallipoli, August 21, 1915 ; born
St. Ann's, Cork.

AHERN, Patrick. Reg. No. 42381. Rank, Gunner, Royal Garrison Artillery
; killed in action, France, October 4, I917 ; born Youghal. [Co. Cork]

AHERN, Patrick Joseph. Rank, Captain (and Quartermaster), 7th Leinster
Regiment ; killed in action, France, August 9, 1916 (or September 9,
1916) ; born Tipperary ; age 42 ; decoration, South African Medal.

AHERN, Richard. Reg. No. 5937. Rank, Private, 2nd Leinster Regiment ;
died of wounds, France, November 24, 1917 ; born Portsmouth.

AHERN, Rodney. Reg. No. 11298. Rank, Driver, 1st Royal Dublin
Fusiliers ; died of wounds, Gallipoli, August 8, 1915 ; born High
Leas, Portsmouth. [see obituary]

AHERN, Thomas. Reg. No. 9379. Rank, Private, Royal Dublin Fusiliers
2nd Battalion ; killed in action, France, March 21, 1918 ; born
Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

AHERN, Timothy. Reg. No. 4729. Rank, Private, Royal Munster Fusiliers,
9th Battalion ; died of wounds, France, April 3, 1916 ; born Newcastle
West, Co. Limerick.

AHERN, William. Rank, Petty Officer, H.M.S. Indefatigable ; died, May
31, 1916. [see obituary]

AHERN, William. Reg. No. 6045. Rank, Private, Irish Guards, 1st
Battalion ; killed in action, France, June 18, 1916.

AHERNE, William. Reg. No. 10354. Rank, Rifleman, Royal Irish Rifles,
2nd Battalion ; killed in action, France, March 31, 1915 ; born Cork.
[see obituary]

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Remembering Con Colbert, May 2016

By now everybody is aware that 100 years ago Irish men gave their lives to free our country from the oppression of the British who had tried to keep us down for over 700 years. Many attempts had been made throughout the generations without success and the pages of history are filled with the gallant deeds of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. In 1916 it was no different. Superior British forces quelled the rising and who knows what would have happened if they had not decided to teach the republicans a lesson by executing the leaders. Instead of ending the conflict it galvanised them into action with increased support from the Irish people who were abhorred by the savage actions of the crown forces. On Sunday last, May the 8th, it was fitting that, 100 years to the day, the death of one of those martyrs, our own Con Colbert, was commemorated in a ceremony in St. Bartholomew’s Church in Athea. It was a dignified, moving ceremony with an input from many people in the parish, from one of the oldest, John O’Connell who lit the candle, to the three young boys from Athea national school who read out the proclamation, not the original one but one the pupils of the school had composed. It was a very well structured document that sought fairness and equality for all the nation and it was beautifully delivered by the three boys. Johnny Mullane read a poem by a poet from Dirreen called Jer Histon about both Con Colbert and another Athea man, Paddy Dalton who also lost his life in the fight against the Black and Tans. Theresa O’Halloran read a piece by Padraig Pierce’s mother about the sacrifice of her two sons and Mike Hayes read the last letter written by Con Colbert to his sister on the night before he was executed. Prayers were read by a number of people from the parish and Fr. Bowen gave a very down to earth talk about some things he would like to change. He is to be complimented on organising the ceremony.  John Moran did a great job as MC, pulling the whole thing together. The choir were in great voice and enriched the occasion with very suitable pieces ending with “Faith of our Fathers”  I had the privilege of playing the slow air “Róisín Dubh” which was used as the music for “Mise Éire” that great film on Ireland by the late Seán Ó Ríada.   Refreshments were served in the hall afterwards and all agreed it was a very fitting tribute.


There are many reminders of Con Colbert in Athea. The main street is named after him and the Hall, built by the parish in the 1970s stands at the entrance to the village for all to see. It was a very big undertaking at the time but the committee worked tirelessly to achieve their aim of a permanent memorial to Con that would be used for the good of the people of the parish.  A few months ago Aide Colbert Lennon, his great-niece, unveiled a plaque in the Hall grounds at a ceremony that was organised by West Limerick Republican Monument Committee.


Athea Community Council now have plans to erect a life size bronze bust to commemorate the centenary of the rising and Con’s execution. Tenders have been sought and though the cost is high, we feel it is worth doing and we are confident that the people of Athea won’t be found wanting when we look for financial help. It is important that we are seen to be doing something special during this year for a son of Athea whose sacrifice ensured that we have the freedom we enjoy today. It will be there for the generations to come and keep his memory alive. We will have more news on this in the very near future and we look forward to another celebration in the village when the bust is finally unveiled. In the meantime well done to Fr. Bowen and all involved in last Sunday’s ceremony.


Domhnall de Barra




New Zealand Herald, Volume LIII, Issue 16199, 8 April 1916, Page 2

Mr. John Redmond. M.P., and Mr. R. Barry O'Brien have issued an appeal for funds with which to establish in County Wexford the Benedictine community of Irish nuns which had its home at Ypres from the time of William 111. until the recent destruction of the town by the Germans.

Two of the flags which the Irish Brigade captured from the English at the battle of Ramillies were deposited in the Irish convent at Ypres, and a part of one of them has been preserved to this day. The nuns, who were forced to fly from Ypres, are now living in London. A sum of £1050 is needed for the purchase of their new home in County Wexford. '"Under the calamities of war," says the appeal "they fled from Ireland; under the calamities of war they have returned."



Evening Post, Volume CV, Issue 124, 26 May 1923, Page 20

'APPEAL FOR A NEW HOME. An effort is being launched in England to raise £40,000 in order to re-establish the homeless nuns of Ypres Abbey in another, sanctuary. At a meeting' of the Catholic Truth Society says the Daily Telegraph," it was explained that the 'Abbey of Ypres, which stood, in the Rue St. Jacques, was built in. 1665 for British and Irish nuns, and during the whole of its history it maintained an unbroken connection with the mother countries, the community always consisting of British subjects. In October 1914. the abbey was bombarded, but the nuns remained until a month  later, when, yielding to orders for complete evacuation, they became homeless wanderers. The building was entirely destroyed, but its ruins were always a sanctuary for British soldiers.

1916;  From Carrigkerry Notes by Tom Ahern


A re-enactment of the March of the West Limerick volunteers to Glenquin Castle in 1916 will take place on Sunday 24th April 2016. Ger Greaney has been in touch with the following information: Currently there are groups walking from the parishes of Ardagh, Ashford, Broadford, Carrigkerry, Castlemahon, Dromcollogher , Feohanagh, Kilcolman, Killeedy, Milford, Monagea, Mountcollins, Newcastle West, Templeglantine and Tournafulla. Please join us on the day on any of these marches and walk in the footsteps of the brave men and women of West Limerick. You can walk the full route or join in along the way if you prefer. Would you like to start a march from a parish not already organised. Of so please contact us here. If you do not wish to walk you can join us at Glenquin castle outside Ashford County Limerick at 2pm for a moment of reflection and an afternoon of traditional Irish Craic. Remembering Fir agus Mnà Cròga as Iarthar Luimnigh To Remember is to Never Forget: Join us on Facebook at Footsteps to Freedom FTF.




The following is a distance reckoner from Kilcolman to Glenquin via Ardagh and NCW in Km. Kilcolman PO: 19.5, Ardagh Railway, 14.0, Ncw Railway/Gaelscoil, 10am, The Square,09.5, Old IRA Monument: 09.3, Free State, Grotto, 08.5, Monagea N.S. 05.6, Rathcahill Cross: 03.4, Strand: 01.9, Glenquin: 00.0.


The following is a list of the Kilcolman people whose names have popped up in research who were involved in the march to Glenquin Castle. John Condon, William O’Connell, William Cremin, James Culhane, Patrick Culhane, James Dalton, David McDonnell, Michael Dore, John Downey, Daniel Egan, Maurice Egan, Joseph Enright, Michael Enright, John Flanagan, Patrick Flanagan, William Flanagan, Daniel Foley, John Geoghegan, Thomas Geoghegan, Michael Greany, Thomas Greany, Rodger Greene, Thomas Greene, Denis Hallinan, John Hallinan, Matt Hallinan., Frank Harold, John Harold, Maurice Hayes, Michael Hayes, Patrick Hayes, Denis Histon, Maurice Histon, Patrick Histon, Edmond Hurley, Jeremiah Hurley, Gerald Kelly, Daniel Kennedy, Thomas Kennedy, Michael Kennelly, Stephen Kennelly, William Kennelly, Joseph Lane, Michael Lane, James Leahy, Joseph McMahon, Thomas McMahon, John Maloney, John Meade, Peter Meade, Con Mulcahy, Daniel Mulcahy., Thomas Mulvihill, William Mulvihill, James Nash, Patrick Nash, Stephen Nolan, Denis Scanlan, Murt Scanlan, Patrick Scanlan, William Scanlan, and Martin Sheehan. Many of the Kilcolman Company later lived in Ardagh and Shanagolden. This is not a complete list, and Gerard Greaney   would appreciate help with the following questions. Do you know anyone on the list, have you photographs of them or stories to share? Would you like to remember them by taking part in one of our walks on 24th April? Have you other names for us?  Gerard can be contacted on 086 8278155 or email


1916;   The people of  Glin have decided to commemorate two local men, Constable James OBrien of Ballybeg, Glin, a member of the Dublin Metropolitan Police Force and Eamonn Dore of Main Street, Glin, a member of the Irish Volunteers, who were involved on opposite sides of the conflict. As we commemorate the 1916 Rising, we need to respect all past differences and although these men served on different sides of the political divide, as fellow parishioners, we feel that it is important that they both be equally honoured and remembered.



Leen Abbeyfeale 1917




The following extract is from The Easter Rising by Michael Foy and Brian Barton:


“Half an hour after Pearse read the Proclamation the Post Office garrison was in action in what is often described inaccurately as the 'Charge of the Lancers' down O'Connell Street.


The cavalry had in fact been dispatched from Marlborough Barracks to investigate reported disturbances in O'Connell Street and were simply trotting down from the northern end, completely unaware of the danger ahead.


When they reached Nelson's Pillar the waiting Volunteers in the Post Office opened fire, killing three soldiers and fatally wounding another. One horse was also killed and its putrefying body lay in O'Connell Street until the end of the Rising.”


The wounded lancer was said to be Private Patrick Leen from Abbeyfeale in County Limerick.


Irish Courts Martial Files 1916-1922


by Kay Caball




As of this week, two new set of records have been released on  These are free to research and neither have been online before.  They mka blog Horgan Courts Martial (2)are Irish Courts Martial Files 1916- 1922 and  Ireland Intelligence Profiles 1914-1922.   They are not the easiest in the world to search through, but if you have a Kerry name whose records may be included, my best advice is the put in the minimum - just name and Kerry, Ireland in the location.



PEACE CONCERT IN KNOCK BASILICA Mayo International Choral Festival is hosting a Peace Concert with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, in the beautiful surrounds of the fully refurbished Knock Basilica on Saturday, May 14th.   This Peace Concert will commemorate the 1916 Rising and World War One. The RTÉ Concert Orchestra will be conducted by David Brophy. The orchestra will perform with a 120 member choir and soloists Anne Marie Gibbons and Owen Gilhooly. For information and tickets, visit



HISTORY LECTURE:  The youngest of the 1916 leaders to be executed was Limerick man, twenty-five year-old  Ned Daly who had defended the Four Courts area of Dublin during the Rising and was generally acknowledged as the best military tactician and most gifted commander of all the leaders.  Well-known historian, Liam Irwin will give an illustrated lecture on the life and career of Ned Daly on Monday next March 21st in Mary Immaculate College, SCR, Limerick at 8.00pm in Room T.1.17. Admission is free and all are welcome.F





Some 4.9 million men were enlisted in the British army between 1914 and 1918, of whom 2.4 million enlisted prior to the introduction of conscription and 2.5 million after it. It is calculated that only 1.3 million men were actually conscripted.


only 16,500 claims for exemption were made on the grounds of conscience between 1916 and 1918 when compared, to over a million exemptions granted on medical grounds in the last 12 months of the war alone.