| Leading to period (192)
|Additional Information Re – Application. John Minihan Corofin for
1934 Military Service Pension.
I was one at a meeting held in the board room Corofin November 1913.
|The meeting was called by H.J. Hunt Corofin for the purpose of organising
a branch of the Irish Volunteers in the district.
||A branch of the Irish Volunteers was formed about February 1914.
||H.J. Hunt Corofin was elected Captain I was appointed Section Leader.
||Drill and parades in public were carried on
||I helped in the raising of funds by collection and public functions
for the purchase of arms.
||14 Martini Enfield Rifles and 600 rounds .303 munition was purchased
from Irish volunteers H.Q. by such funds at £3.10.0 stg per rifle
|.22 Miniature Rifle Practise
|I attended parades and drilled openly also .22 Miniature Rifle practise
under H.J. Hunt
||Redmond’s adherents joined the Irish volunteers about August 1914
in our district.
|Split demanded rifles
||At a meeting held in A.O.H Hall Corofin Nov 1914. Redmond’s adherents
split with the original Irish volunteers and demanded the rifles.
|I with about 25 Irish volunteers under H.J Hunt secured the rifles
|Distribution of rifles
||The rifles being distributed among the Irish volunteers, I got charge
of 2 rifles and 600 rounds .303 munition, which I held in my possession
until required in 1920.
|1915 Oath of allegiance to Ireland
||Attended parade ordered by H.J. Hunt November 1915. Purpose of which
to take oath of Loyalty to Ireland. Administered by organiser Earnest
Blythe who was then under order of deportation by the British. 16
members taking the oath.
||As a member of the Irish Volunteers attended all parades and trained
privately in all military matters also rifle practice until April
|1916 period (1 & 2) mobilised attack on Corofin.
||Mobilised with my company under H.J Hunt O/C at 4pm Easter Sunday
1916 with 3 days rations for the purpose of attacking
|District R.I.C. HQ at Corofin.
Countermanding order received through Limerick command calling off
all engagements. 14 members were mobilised.
||Secured all arms in the district in the hands of others than Irish
|Easter Monday proceeded to Galway
||On Easter Monday our O/C H.J. Hunt not satisfied with countermanding
order proceeded to Galway to get in touch with Liam Mellows with for
orders owing to enemy activities unable to get in touch and returned
to his unit.
|Period (1&2) 1916 During week.
|Under H.J. Hunt we stood too the whole week awaiting orders to proceed
with attack on barracks.
|A body of R.I.C. numbering about 20, invested the area about my
house from Wednesday to the following Monday.Being a publican was
in constant touch with the R.I.C. and collected valuable information
as re their movements, numbers, personnel of their officers.
1st April ’17 to
31st March ‘18
| Paid civilian informants. Sergeants in charge of intelligence and
all general police information orders and sometimes secret orders
and sometimes secret orders. This information I gave to H.J Hunt and
Captain Joseph Barrett. I collected a number of revolver and munition.
1917 East Clare Election
|I took a prominent part in the organisation of voters in the district
also transport arrangements in the East Clare election 1917.
|Re-organisation of volunteers and Cumnamban
||Under H.J. Hunt organised the I.R.A. and formed the 5th Battalion
Clare Brigade comprising 10 company areas Corofin, Rath, Kilnaboy,
Dysart, Ruan, Cloona, Kilfenora, Carron, New Quay, Kilkeedy numbering
about 600 men. I also organised Cum-na-mban in those bay areas within
the 5th Battalion.
|First public parades since 1916
||Those volunteers maintained order in different hostile areas paraded
in public and went through military evolutions. The first time the
volunteers paraded in public and went through since 1916.
||I drilled and made efficient the volunteers in those areas in military
On several occasions I was one of a party secretly armed with
revolvers and carrying openly. Battons ordered to Hostile election
... and took part in several batton charges in Ennis under Col.
Patk. Brennan O/C Clare and General Michl Brennan Adgt
||Did scout and dispatch riding with motor cycle throughout the whole
East Clare area.
|Open drill Representation made to G.H.Q
||After East Clare Election Col. P Brennan O/C Clare made representation
to HQ to have Clare made a special area and carry on parades or drill
openly in defiance of the British.
||By order from G.H.Q Clare was declared a special area.
|Appointed Vice Commandant
|I was appointed Vice Commandant 5th Battalion. H.J. Hunt Commandant
appointments sanctioned by Patk Brennan O/C Clare Brigade I.R.A.
||General I.R.A. Volunteer parades were held throughout the entire
5th Battalion area in command of H.J. Hunt and myself and military
evolutions gone through.
R.I.C & military stationed at Corofin
Corofin was district R.I.C. HQ in charge of a district inspector and
A company of the H.L.I. (military) were also stationed at Corofin
numbering 120 men
At one if those I.R.A parades in Corofin the O/C military ordered
H.J. Hunt our O/C to dismiss parade which he refused to do.
|Bayonet charges by military
||A bayonet charge was ordered supported by a machine gun section.
We having to retreat before superior equipped enemy forces.
|My O/C arrested
||My O/C H.J. Hunt was arrested in August by R.I.C and charged with
illegal drilling. He was tried in Cork by General Court Martial sentenced
to imprisonment and sent to Mountjoy.
|Acting O/C 5th orders
||I took command of the 5th battalion. After my O/C being arrested.
||Issuing orders to all Coy. areas to parade publicly. Inspected such
|Commanding Battalion parades
||Ordered Battalion parades to be held in enemy territory Corofin.
Taking command of all Battalion parades. Giving orders in section
extended & company drill. Three such parades were held under my command.
Conveyed to Cork. Charged under Do. R Regulations
|I was arrested on the 16th August 1917 by Head Constable Mc Gurk
in charge of a party of R.I.C. I was conveyed to Victoria barracks
Cork in charge of Sgt. Brosnahan and party of R.I.C. I was charged
with offences against Do. R Regulations.
Tried by G.C.M
sentenced to 2 years H.L.
|I was tried by General Court martial at Victoria barracks Cork and
sentenced to two years hard labour (one year remitted).
|Refused to recognise court
||I did not plead, I refused to recognise the jurisdiction of the
court to try me, it being a court set up by the alien government and
I being a soldier of the I. Republic.
|Removed to Mountjoy claimed prisoner of war status and political
||On the 12th September 1917 I was removed to the Mountjoy Prison.
As a soldier of the Irish Republic I claimed prisoner of war status
and political prisoner’s treatment and refused to wear prison clothes
not being a criminal.
|H.L prisoners Leaders
Non H.L prisoners their leaders
|I was removed to the C wing along with 6 other Irish Republican
H.L. prisoners. Thomas Ashe being one of the number. He, we elected
as our leader. The non H. L. prisoners were in D wing in charge of
Austin Stack, Finian Lynch, Paddy Brennan and Michael Brennan.
|Refused to do work-did exercise.
||The 7 H.L. prisoners refused to do any work or comply with any prison
rules. We received worse diet than the usual prison diet and only
½ hours exercise daily.
|Broke prison rules on bread and water non H.L. section.
||On the 17th of September we broke all prison rules and were immediately
put in solitary confinement on bread and water. On the 18th September
1917 the non H.L. Irish Republican section followed our lead. They
were removed to our wing. The number now totalling 40. The number
of Clare men being 15.
||On the 19th September 1917 we rang the cell bells, each man made
a demand for exercise.
|Association, prisoner of war status, and political treatment. We
were refused our demands. That night Thomas Ashe sang “Wrap the Green
Flag Round Me” & “Carry your Cross”
|Ringing bells continues
Ringing knocked on doors with stools
|On 20th we again rang the bells in a more hostile manner and gave
our demands which were ignored by the prison authorities. A continued
ringing ensued. The enemy muffled the bells. We caused pandemonium
by knocking on the doors with the prison stools and broke all prison
fittings within our cells.
Stripped of everything including clothing
|The din was so great we did not hear the warders rushing our cells
until they had us on the floor and stripped us of our boots and removed
all movables including bed and clothing leaving only the Bible, prayer
book and salt.
|Supported by military/ hunger strike
||The wardens were supported by a company of military stationed in
the wing. We declared a hunger strike commencing 10am on the 20th
|Declared 20th to 30th
without beds sleeping on floor
|I went through hunger strike from 20th-30th Sept without boots bed
nor clothing sleeping on floor with the bible as a pillow.
Lost weight very weak could not stand
|I was forcible fed 13 times. I lost 3 stone in weight in 10 days.
Being so weak having to be carried to the feeding room. When I tried
to talk no sound would issue. When I tried to stand I could only get
on my knees and pitch forward unable to get up.
||Thomas Ashe died on 25th Sept 1917. As a result of being forcible
fed by Dr. Lowe.
|On 30th the British granted us political prisoners treatment etc.
for political and republican prisoners of all times, but would not
recognise us as prisoners of war, thereby giving us the status of
being subjects of an Independent state.
|Strike declared off
||The strike was declared off on the 30th Sept at 12p.m. We had won
|British constitution Classes
||We were the first body of men to have won a distinction to break
the British constitution. Our leaders set up military training classes
(officers) which I attended. For training efficient officers.
|Removed to Dundalk.
||On the 13th Nov. 1917 we were removed to Dundalk prison.
|Agreement broken hunger strike in Dundalk
||We were declared to be on hunger strike commencing at 8am on that
day the British having broken their agreement with us. As the treated
as criminals some republican prisoners I was on hunger strike from
13th to 19th Nov at 7 pm. in Dundalk prison.
|Cat and Mouse Act
||I was released under the Cat and Mouse act with Austin Stack, Finian
Lynch, Wm Mack.
|| I carried a quantity of .303 munition to Ennis which was received
from G.H.Q for Clare.
Returned to Unit
I returned to my unit the 5th Battn Clare Brigade
|Duty as heretofore
||I took up duty as heretofore, commanding parades etc.
|Attended First aid Classes
||I took a course in first aid Classes
|O/C arrested again
||My O/C H.G. Hunt was again arrested for commanding Battn. Parades
|I again was in command
||I again took command of the Battn and Held 3 Battn Parades at Enemy
H.Q. Corofin Giving words of Command etc.
1st April ‘18
to 1st March ‘19
|I took command of the Cumn na mBan & taught First aid and Military
|G.H.Q. gave orders for private Training public parades to be suspended.
|Inspected & lectured Coys nightly
||I issued order to all Coys to parade & train by night. I inspected
and lectured to such parades nightly. Training each Coy in warfare,
especially attack retreat & surprise.
Liable to arrest
|Conscription was passed in April. Being liable to arrest at any
time I went on the run so as to to be in a positon to command my unit
to resist conscription.
|Ordered the Cumn-na-mBan to make a first Aid Outfit and Haversack
for each man inspected. Same ordered & assisted in the manafacture
of munitions & pikes repairs of Firearms
|Men without weapons of defence I organised into a labour & destructive
|Clare proclaimed under
|Clare was proclaimed under martial Law (ceasefire in Ennis) 25,000
British Troops invaded the area with barb wire entanglements on the
banks of the Shannon, as the first drive was intended for Clare.
|Intelligence & communication
|I organised an effective system of Intelligence within my area and
perfected our lines of communication. I had the Battn in a position
to take the field as a fighting unit
|Volunteers arrested under the German plot who were in charge of
rifles & munitions Got in touch with those and secured their arms
|1st April ‘19
31st March ‘20
Our movements reported to enemy
|(Period 5) Our movements were being reported to the enemy. I got
in touch with the Head Constable in Corofin in Dougall. I received
from him all reports they received as to our movements & information
as to their movements & orders.
Information received by me got Rifles munition Documents into Safety
|Also when raids on Volunteers were to take place. On one occasion
when head Constable Dougall had no time to give me warning as he personally
was ordered to take charge of the raiding party. He ordered his party
to raid the local Hall in the meantime coming himself to my house
giving me warning of a raid to take place. I had time to get into
safety 2 rifles 600 Rounds .303 munition and documents Roll Books
etc. before the raiding party arrived. Head Constable Dougall resigned
||A boycott of R.I.C. was enforced by our forces and Intelligence
as to their movements etc. hard to secure.
|I was ordered to keep in Touch with R.I.C.and collect all information
Visited D.I. Mackee
Raid on wounded volunteer
|Head Constable Dougall me with all information required which I
gave to O/C mid Clare Brigade at Workhouse Ennis. I was also in touch
with R.I.C. Ruan Barracks including Bill Carroll. I was one of the
first he mentioned the capture of Ruan Barracks to. Visited every
night the house where D.I. Mackey was staying (O’Rahilly’s) collected
some information & tried to get in touch by purchasing a bicycle from
him .D.I. Mackey resigned in 1920
Gave information as to the intentions of the Ennistymon R.I.C. to
raid Cloona district for a wounded Volunteer Martin Devitt. He was
removed to safety
||I reported all information to O/C mid Clare Brigade at Ennis
Helped in the establishment of the Republican Courts
|1st April ‘20
31st March ‘21
|On Sunday night 17/10/20 ordered to enemy District H.Q. Corofin
on Intelligence and act as scout to avoid further orders and report
immediately any unusual occurance or activities of the enemy in connection
with the capture of Ruan Barracks.
|On the run
||After capture of Ruan Barracks became a suspect in order to evade
arrest went on the run
|I became a member of the member of the Mid Clare A.S.U. under Joseph
Barrett O/C columns and took part in all engagements or operations
carried on by the column
5 Hours Fight
|Took part in Monreal ambush 18/12/20, a member of the Mid Clare
A.S.U. 33 men at a point 2 miles Ennistymon – Ennis Road to ambush
3 lorries R.I.C. & military S.H. 45 men in a 5 hours fight enemy reinforcements
from Ennistymon arriving in 30 minutes 18 of our men having to retreat
in 20 mins, leaving 15 to engage the enemy & retreat.
Retreat & again engaged the enemy
Rear guard action
|When we had retreated 100 yards the Enemy engaged us with machine
gunfire. We had to take cover in a river behind stones about 1 foot
high (headcover) and engaged the enemy. We had to silence 3 machine
guns before we could again retreat. In the retreat Joseph Barrett
& myself fought a rearguard action. I carried one wounded Volunteer
Wm McNamara to safety Enemy casualities 14 killed 4 seriously wounded
6 wounded slightly 6 wounded on our side.
||Helped & carried our wounded 5 miles across country to be dressed
by Dr. Hillery
||Removed & guarded wounded to place of safety 10 miles distance
|1920 – 21
Guarded wounded & wanted man Bill Carroll for 4
weeks with Joseph Barrett a memberof a mid Clare column of about
15 men in ambush at Caherea 19/1/’21 point 5 miles Ennis – Kilrush
Rd. for a party of military.
After being in position all day and about to leave when we were
surprised by enemy forces 14 lorries.
Enemy casualties one wounded. Our O/C Frank Barrett slightly wounded
|Ambush O’Briens Castle Carrahan 12/2/’21 point 5 miles Tulla – Ennis
One of the A.S.U. numbering 30 men surprised by Tulla enemy forces
after an engagement 3 of our men fully equipped were captured
I .0. 3rd Battalion
|Appointed Adjutant 3rd Battalion mid-Clare Brigade on 9/2/’21 and
also appointed Intelligence officer 3rd Battn. Mid Clare Brigade 23/2/’21.
|Men home off the run
||The enemy district O./C.’s in. each district had orders to get men
home on the run who were not on the black list
made to my
D.I. Scott Ross O/C Enemy Corofin made representation to my people
stating that there was no need for me be away from home + I could
come home and no understanding undertaking required on his part
Report to O/C
Enemy Secret Code
|I reported this to O/C mid Clare Frank Barrett that the enemy were
trying to get men home. Our Intelligence system having become disorganised
and our O/C Frank Barrett received orders from Director of Intelligence
to have a man in Corofin to receive Enemy secret Code from Commanders
Reynolds of the auxiliaries who were about to be removed to Corofin
||I was ordered home on Intelligence Special by Brigade O/C Frank
||I arrived home on the 25th March 1921 & made my appearance at Mass
Scott Ross to
1st April 1921
11th July 1921
Took up my
old position as
|D.I. Scott Ross came to my house that night to see me
I Asked no promised only stated that I need not have left home as
there was nothing against me, asking me to get all I could off the
run & supply him with their names.
I went about freely taking up my old position as butter buyer so as
to have an excuse to move freely & with safety all over the mid-Clare
|Carried on work
of adjutant & I.0. within 3rd Battn area
|I carried on my work as Adjutant of the 3rd Battn. Mid-Clare Brigade
also I.0. I organised a system of Intelligence within my own Battn.
effectively Appointing agents unknown to each other thereby keeping
a check on all within reach of the enemy.
||Got the incoming & outgoing mails raided & captured.
(Period 7) 1921
Intelligence over 35 miles area
|Eventually disorganising the Enemy Intelligence system in the area
Acted on intelligence for Brigade in person with the help of agents
over areas Ennistymon - Miltown – Malbay –Kilshanny – Inagh – Ennis
West Clare Railway. 3 enemy posts & 3 routes in use by the enemy –
covering an area of about 35 miles
|Organised Collection of
Rates within Enemy lines
|Organised the collection of rates within enemy district Corofin,
no collection having taken place or possible prior to I coming home
Communication only read by O/C mid Clare
Danger of Capture of Dispatches
& Return “
|All my communications & information being strictly confidential
& private & only to be read by O/C mid Clare personally daily & twice
daily communications were necessary according to information, I received
& enemy activities. The danger of those documents being captured or
information reported to the enemy being so great that I personally
would have to get through the enemy lines & cycle from 5 to 7 miles
leaving between 10 p.m. & 11 p.m. to head into the hands of our first
confidential dispatch Rider in a special list of communication on
the return having again to get through the enemy lines between12p.m
& 1 a.m.
Ball Court &
mix freely with
|I used visit every evening the hand ball court next the R.I.C. Barracks
Corofin for the purpose of observing the enemy & for the collection
of information from some of my agents & give them orders for what
I required for next day. I used mix freely with the enemy in this
court taking part in a game of ball with them.
|Result of my information reported within my own battn. 3rd Ambush
Cregmoher 1 mile Corofin Ennis Rd. on D.I. Scott Ross & party 10/4/’21
ambush one 1 enemy dispatch - scout & Intelligence man Dromona 4 miles
Corofin – Ennis Road Fatally wounded.
|Ambush on one enemy dispatch scout & Intelligence man Drumcavan
2 miles Corofin –Ennis Road. attacked by an unarmed Volunteer enemy
wounded with his own Webley
|Ambush party Brigade A.S.U. lay Dromona 4 miles Corofin – Ennis
Rd for 3 lorries of Corofin enemy. Enemy not travelling owing to report
by Civilian returned from Ambush site to a shopkeeper in Corofin having
reached enemy 17/5/’21
|Ambush Clifden one mile west Corofin on one Armoured Lancia & one
Crossley Tender water party 15 men R.I.C. & Tans – One enemy wounded
enemy retreating having being warned – reinforcements up in 10 minutes
running fight ensued 4/7/’21.
|1921 (Period 7)
Enemy confined to barracks
|Owing to enemy intelligence system within the 3rd Battn having broken
down Enemy were mainly confined to Barracks & hard to get at
on milk & Enemy
in Pubs our
|Intended ambush on milk party 200 yards from Enemy Barracks Corofin
and intended ambush on Bombing Party in enemy public houses. Enemy
confined to Barracks owing to civilians having reported the presence
of our forces within the enemy lines
|5 Enemy to
180 yds. Distant
|To post a letter in daylight it would take an enemy party of 5 with
drawn revolvers & bombs to do so P.O. is only 150 yds. Distant from
one special &
|An operation by a party of our men on one special (civilian) of
2 houses .1 mile distant from enemy Corofin (325 men) owing to intensive
auxiliary activities in the particular area the operation was to be
|I countermanded order for our party’s safety party being within
400 yds of enemy at time.
Tralee as H.C.
|Reported transfer of Sgt Brosnahan from Corofin to Tralee on promotion
his party ambushed before he reached Tralee Suspect captured Kilnamona
Coy 3rd Battn.name - - (abasis) Limerick for information supplied
to enemy which led to death of General Wall of our forces in Casey
Rd. ambush May 1921. Suspect travelled along Railway line stating
he had dispatches for O/C West Clare Brigade. Suspect handed over
to Limerick Brigade
|Intelligence on the West Clare Railway took several messages between
military Ennistymon & military H.Q. Ennis – messages could not be
decifered we not having the code used
|Telephone Instrument taken by our forces Reported body military
travelling from Ennis to Kilrush 4th Battn. A.S.U. in ambush 1½ miles
Ennistymon . Ennis party having to retreat owing to enemy having covering
road party by Enemy.
Tuder on Tour
of Enemy Posts
|First intimation the Director of Intelligence had of General Tuder
was on a Tour of inspection of enemy posts in the South of Ireland
in June ’21 was from one of my daily reports –Stating met General
Tuder at Moy Lahinch on his way to Miltown – Malbay 4p.m.one armoured
Lancia (Scout) 200yds. advance of – private Car – 2 armoured Lancias
100 yard each apart rear
|Golf – Links
get in touch
|Party having Golf Links Hotel as Temp.H.Q - result
A section of the mid-Clare A.S.U. in charge of Ignatius O’Neill mainly
the 4th Battn. ordered to operate owing to the extensive guarding
arrangements. Our A.S.U. were unable to get in touch with their objective.
McCurtin’s murderers also typist who
was in Cork office
|One of Major McCurtin’s murderers had evaded our Intelligence unit
and was reported as missing. The D.I. sent to all Brigades description
and urgent message to trace the wanted man. I got this order from
O/C mid Clare Brigade. Two days after missing man had been in Corofin
I traced him to Kilrush where he apparently went to see a typist named
O’Sullivan who worked in the District Inspectors office she had been
also in the District Inspectors office at Cork the time Mayor Mc Curtin
was murdered the had one day start from Kilrush but he was got under
observation. I think it was to Limerick he went after leaving Kilrush.
of all enemy
|A description of all enemy posts number men, Personnel , Equipment
etc. & photos if possible was required by the Director of Intelligence.
I supplied some for 8 posts with a sketch of each post.
(one hand) &
Iogo Received Enemy Secret Code.
|I located Fitzgerald (one hand) & his murder gang he was next in
command to Tuder His H.Q. were at Corofin also
Iogo who was also in Corofin but under cover. I was ordered to get
in touch with Commander Reynolds of the auxiliaries in Corofin & received
from him the enemy’s secret code which I did.
Was in command on
3rd Battn. from
7th June–8th July 21
Was in command of the 3rd Battn Mid Clare Brigade from 7th June ’21
to 8th July ‘ 21 my Battn. O/C Séan Casey being sick also kept a constant
armed guard on him during his illness.
|Through my Brigade O/C Frank Barrett I was highly commended for
intelligence by the Director of Intelligence Michl. Collins.
|I was one of the pioneers of the Volunteers in the district organising
& arming all units
12th July 19’21
30th June 1922
|Was a whole time officer from 12th July ’21 to June 30th ’22 organising,
training, supervising police work, supervising & checking rates and
collections collected levy imposed by our forces on those that gained
by Enemy Custom etc. Worked Intelligence effectively during the period
of enemy occupation in Corofin
|Was Deputy Liaison officer to Captain Duggan of the 1st Western
Div. in Corofin district visiting auxiliaries H.Q’s on duty on several
|Investigated shooting outrages in the district collected arms from
the suspected party enforced the Licencing Laws in the public houses
within my district & kept down crime of all description and restored
Law & Order.
|Received from Commander Reynolds of the auxiliaries the enemy secret
Code had plans laid to effect the escape of Commander Reynolds who
was in detention by the auxiliaries as a machine gun had been stolen
by unauthorised personnel on the night of a dance that Commander Reynolds
was in command of the guarding arrangements.
|Duty as Adjutant
of the 3rd Battn.
O/C Training Camp
Camps in 3rd Battn.
Camps in 3rd Battn
Cadet in DW.Camp
|Carried on all duties as adjutant of the 3rd Battn. mid-Clare Brigade
also my duties as Intelligence officer of the 3rd Battn. mid Clare
Brigade was O/C Ballinacally Camp Training camp for Junior officers
of the mid-Clare Brigade September 1921 – 3 weeks camp Supervised
in training in 3 camps within my own Battn. 3rd Kilnamona Oct. ’21
Dysart Nov. ’21 Kilkeedy Nov. ’21 Training suitable men for Barracks
Was a cadet in the divisional first Western Cadets Training Camp under
General Michl. Brennan at Ennis Jan.‘22
|Offered post as adjutant with General Michl. Brennan
||Took post as Quarter Master Ennistymon Group 60 men under Joseph
Barrett Feb. ’22 4 Barracks Ennistymon, Lisdoonvarna, Miltown Malbay,
serve as F.S.officer
st Western I.R.A. &
Director of Services
|Refused on April 8th ’22 to serve under Gen. M. Brennan as an officer
of the regular army of the 1st Western Division I.F.S. An officer
in charge of a party of reinforcements to Renmore Military Barracks
Galway which was captured by our forces I.R.A. April 1922 – Appointed
Divisional Q.M. 1st Western Div. I.R.A. under Divisional O/C Frank
Barrett 3/5/’22 also Div.director of special services engineering
munitions, medical service, transport & supplies.
|Duties as Div.
|Carried out my duties as Divisional Q.M. Book – Keeping – Took charge
of Div. funds. Captured from Banks. Inspected all Barracks within
the Div. etc. Had A/C’s Ready for audit 29th June 1922.
10th July ’22 –
31st March ‘23
Div. Q.M. Div. Directory
|Was a Div. Q.M. of the 1st Western Div. I.R.A. Comprising 5 Brigades,
East Clare – Mid Clare & West Clare Brigades. South East – South West
Galway Brigades O/C Frank Barrett also Div. Director of the following
special services at Div. H.Q. Corofin munitions engineering medical
services – Transport - supplies
munition & engineering
|Secured from G.H.Q. 3 competent men from Kerry , 2 named O’Connors
and one Jerry Casey from Castleisland & one man from Limerick Frank
Murphy to train a number of men from each Brigade in Engineering &
Bombs armouring a
|I supervised the manufacture of munitions – making & filling of
land –mines – filling of Bombs – The armouring of a 60 – 80 H.P.Vauxhall
. The requisitioning of a brass gun to be used electrically – Repair
of Firearms – manafacture of shells for gun – use & laying of Field
||One Sister & one nurse to lecture to 1st aid classes & fit out 1st
H.Q. at Corofin
Masked & armed
|Evacuated Div. H.Q. Corofin in Workhouse & destroyed same on 25th
July 1922. Eleven masked & armed men (rifles) raided & luted my house
on 26th July 1922, terrorising my mother & sister & took away goods
to the value of about £120. for which I did not claim compensation.
||A boycott of my business was established.