Category Archive: Irish Citizen Army

Jan 15

John Joseph Conroy – The volunteer who done it all .

John Joseph ('Sean') Conroy

John Joseph Conroy was barely 40 years old when he died from Tubercolosis on 15th January 1937. A past pupil of both St Laurence O’Tooles on Seville Place and the Wharf Boys School in East Wall, he had served time as an apprentice at the Dublin Dockyard Company. As a boy he had joined the …

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Dec 06

The 1916 Rising and the local area – new project launched

A North Dock People 01 Front

Oct 03

“The Fighting Old Guard” : The O’Doherty family in the North Dock

Michael O'Doherty

“One of the cheeriest men in the ward, and one of the most particular as to the set of his hair.”   During the 1916 Rebellion Michael O’Doherty of the Irish Citizen Army was wounded 12 times – 1 bullet hit his right eye; 2 his left arm; 1 his left jaw; 1 the left …

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Sep 20

The Reluctant Volunteer: The story of John Dutton Cooper

All Ireland football final (replay) 1938

“…some practical demonstration of the nations gratitude to one who took a risk in its hour of need.”      On Sunday  the 23rd October 1938, at a less than full Croke Park, the crowd saw a tightly fought replay between Galway and Kerry in the All Ireland Football Final. With minutes to go and trailing …

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Sep 14

Together in Arms: Kathleen Lynn and Madeleine ffrench-Mullen

Kathleen Lynn & Madeleine ffrench-Mullen

Together in Arms Kathleen Lynn’s relationship with Madeleine ffrench-Mullen by Carmel E. Darcy Why are the names of Dr. Kathleen Lynn and Madeleine ffrench-Mullen inseparably linked? Using mainly the diaries of Kathleen Lynn, I will examine the thirty-year relationship between Kathleen and Madeleine in this paper. What was the nature of their relationship, and if …

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Sep 06

Kathleen Lynn: the rebel doctor and the North Docks – A history and appreciation

Kathleen Lynn painting by Tara Kearns (aged 18 , North Wall)

“A very busy evening…not home until very late.”     On Thursday evening, the 8th June 1916, word spread among dockside workers that a very special republican prisoner was about to be deported. As the prisoner arrived on the quays a great cheer went up from the gathering crowd. The prisoner in question was Doctor Kathleen …

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Jul 11

“Kathleen Lynn , a Truly Radical Woman” – Saturday July 18th –

Lynn poster

On Saturday the 18th July the East Wall History Group will host the inaugural Sarah Lundberg Summer School. Held in conjunction with the Alternative Visions Oral History project, the event is in honour of our friend and colleague Sarah Lundberg,  an Archivist , Historian and publisher  who tragically passed away last year. The topic of …

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Apr 25

“HE WAS BURIED FROM STEPHENS GREEN” – The life and death of James Corcoran – North Dock resident, trade unionist and Citizen Army volunteer.

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The 25th of April 1916 was the second day of the Easter Rising. After the surprise and confusion of Mondays events the British forces had taking stock and were preparing their response. For the rebel garrison at Stephens Green this response would be deadly. In the early hours of the morning the Green was raked …

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Apr 12

EASTER 1916 – New painting is now on display in East Wall

Eilish Lynch with her painting

“THEY DID US PROUD:OUR HEROES GONE” – A new painting by Artist Eilish Lynch is now on permanent display in the Sean O’Casey Community Centre , St. Marys Road , and can be viewed Monday to Friday between 8am and 10pm. The painting , which is a representation of Easter 1916 and the Independence struggle, …

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Apr 04

A FAMILY AT WAR WITH AN EMPIRE – Christy and ‘Dina’ Crothers of the Irish Citizen Army

Christy and 'Dina' Crothers

From the  Easter Rising to Bloody Sunday and Civil War    On Easter Monday 1916 amongst those who set out to ‘Break the chains with England’ was 14 year old Christy Crothers of the Irish Citizen Army. His Rising would be short lived, as on Tuesday afternoon, due to his young age he was ordered …

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