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  • WS Ref #: 1737 , Witness: Seamus Fitzgerald, Officer IRA, Cobh, County Cork; President East Cork District Court; Later member of Dail and Seanad

    • ... to keep his company unit free from other active service and so avoid Crown Force activity in the area ... the brigade, to set up and operate a brigade foundry unit for the manufacture of bomb cases. All this work took up full time duties to the end of March and the unit comprised David O'Brien, Charlie Reid ...

    • ... Road, Cork. They expressed the wish to me to join the 4th Battalion Active Service Unit, which ...

    • ... them a full account. Following the Truce, after one week's respite at home by all of 126 from active service, we continued the manufacture of bomb cases at Knockraha, and I also had to give attention ...

    • ... endangered their safety as much as men on active service, but without the glory attached ...

    • ... , but I had thought of returning to active service in East Cork. He pointed out that the proposals were ...

    • ... to form a unit. This was done early in l9l4, and at the outbreak of the 1914. War Cobh had over 500 ... of the Cobh unit. The great majority of the six companies elected, at a mass meeting in the Baths Hall, Cobh ...

    • ... 5.. of our activities was in the hands of a committee of five or six, as was the general pattern throughout the country in these days, and for some considerable time after 1916. Our unit varied ... and Webleys. We paraded as an armed unit at the public parades in Cork City on 17th March, 1915 ...

    • ... Easter Communion. on. Our unit, approximately twelve in number, left Cobh at noon on Easter Saturday ... miles. On arrival at Sheares' St. Headquarters, our unit was given a room on the second floor ...

    • ... , and it was at this time that Cobh had to form the second company unit. Officers were strictly warned ... unit at Shangarry, 20 miles away. We intensified training, bought arms surreptiously, made amateur ...

    • ... up his Flying Column, which became a very effective fighting unit. The full story of the foregoing ... , and it was agreed that they would join the unit on the Sunday, which they did. ...

    • ... it to say now that these constituted the group which formed the Cobh unit of the Irish Volunteers early ...

    • ... records. Michael Leahy was appointed Leader of our Cobh unit of the Irish Volunteers, and I ...

    • ... 9. I joined the armed cycle unit, about twenty strong, led by Freddie Murray and McNeilus; Michael Lynch (stepbrother of Diarmuid Lynch)looked a striking figure in full uniform, with a fine motor cycle combination which he was using apparently for special despatch work. We cycled off at 12 noon ...

    • ... , and that I was Secretary of the Cobh unit. He asked where my rifle was, and I told him that I had ...

    • ... of th warships undergoing repair. We immediately started reorganizing the Cobh Irish Volunteer unit ...

    • ... in his brain. The Flying Column was not reformed, but in almost every company unit of the 11th ...

    • ... 10. During this time, talk flowed in about fighting in Dublin. Cork City Volunteers drifted in and out at all hours, but it appeared as if the Cobh Volunteers alone were under their arms and on active duty. Suspense reigned. I remember at one time Con Murphy speaking to me on the stairs outside ...

    • ... or the first time. Gear6id O'Sullivan, active and youthful in his full uniform, who unfurled the Tricolour ...

    • ... engaged, not alone militarily, most of their active time, but also politically, being members of Sinn ...

    • ... more active and better armed, and the tremendous interest of America and other countries in our ...

  • WS Ref #: 1215 , Witness: Joseph Killeen, Commandant IRA, Wexford, 1921

    • ... communications. The North Wexford Brigade Active Service Unit was formed about December, 1920. This unit. has been generally called the Flying Column. Mylie Breen was appointed to take over command ...

  • WS Ref #: 225 , Witness: Michael McDonnell, Lieutenant IV, Dublin, 1916; OC ASU IRA Dublin, 1919 - 1921

    • ... 7. dispersed and made their way back safely to the city on bicycles. Although the Active Service Unit known to us as the "Squad" was formed on May day 1919, it did not become a full- time Unit until early 1920. After the formation of the full-time "Squad" took place early 1920 we excuted many ...

    • ... ROINN COSANTA BUREAU OF MILITARY HISTORY, 1913-21 STATEMENT BY WITNESS DOCUMENT NO. W.S. 225 Witness Colonel Michael McDonnell, 310 Johnson Avenue, Los Gatos, California U.S.A. Identity Member of I.R.B.; 2nd Lieut. I. V'S. F. Coy. 2nd Batt'n. Dublin 1916. O.C. Active Seryice Unit 1920-1922. Subject ...

  • WS Ref #: 757 , Witness: Sean Tobin, Vice-Commandant, IRA, Waterford, 1921

    • ... of rifle became available in 1920 and 1921, and all those on permanent duty with the active service unit had each a rifle. OTHER ACTIVITIES. Similar to most other Battalions, our Unit participated in all ...

    • ... was ideal for a train ambush. (III) In June, 1921, I took part in an engagement with an enemy cycling unit. This unit operated from Dungarvan, under Captain Thomas. The unit moved on patrol from Dungarvan ... there for the night. One of our lads in Stradbally heard that the unit would be returning to Dungarvan ...

    • ... , the result was in the nature of an anti-climax. SEPTEMBER. 1920. Another Unit operation ...

  • WS Ref #: 1770 , Witness: Kevin O'Shiel, Judicial Commissioner, Dail Land Courts, 1920 -1922

    • ... of the resistance movement by the creation of two new corps in the I.R.A. viz. Flying Columns and the Active Service Unit. The former (the conception of Dick McKee.) were wholetime units established ... their usual avocation.. The A.S.U. was largely the executive Unit of Collins' Counter-Intelligence men ...

    • ... the Volunteers, the I.R.A. and the Active Service Units. They were all men full of the Wolfe Tone and Fenian ...

    • ... 723. their confidences regarding their Volunteer activities. None of them at any time ever breathed a word to me of the matters they were planning, or discussing with Mick, and, of course, I never put any questions therein to them. Probably ambushes and actions by the Active Service Units (A.S.U ...

    • ... service in this country, we pledge ourselves solemnly to one another to resist Conscription by the most ... a public statement on Conscription that would be helpful to them, and that would not condemn active ...

    • ... " book: "On the night of October 15th, large bodies of military, fully armed and equipped for active service, occupied many public lie buildings and various points of importance in Dublin City. At 11.30 ...

    • ... , after Church service, gave the aforesaid professional Orange bigots the needful opportunity and excuse ... . One of the strongest and most active of these was young Gilmore of Lisburn. His uncle had ...

    • ... 10. committed to Home Rule. - he was backed by the Nationalists of the county. My father took an active part in the election and acted as a legal sub-agent under the direction of the candidate's ... the county and, in this expansion my father played an active part, for the central area of the ...

    • ... it reached had the younger clergy not taken the active part they did in collecting it. In particular, I ... , seeing priests and people, with most satisfactory results. Another good, active man was Sean Carty ...

    • ... Macdonald and Lord Edward Talbot. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York took part in the service ... "Recessional" - a peculiar hym indeed - sung at the close of the service. To Asquith it was fitting that "we ...

    • ... at the Dáil's service. There were few legal men in either of the professions then prepared to compromise ...

    • ... " throughout the countrysides. This factor, as in the case of Orangeism, provided a definite contact unit ...

    • ... , and the Labour, who had, for the first time, established itself as a distinct unit ...

    • ... 361. and then Ireland is to be one unit? Does not this mean the exclusion of Ulster till Federalism comes? Doesn't it mean the throwing of the southern Unionists to the wo1ves The Unionists round here are not satisfied. I had six letters this morning. One stated plainly that 'it seems Ulster ...

    • ... and country parish had, within the following twelve months, its Volunteer unit drilling and training ...

    • ... . They certainly did not look a dangerous crowd in any military sense. Sometimes a unit marching by would be headed ...

    • ... of Ireland and the national unit of Ireland simply do not coincide. In the last analysis the test ...

    • ... : "The fact that Ireland, a unit with the same status as South Africa or Canada, will be a strong ...

    • ... not numerous and were generally the work of isolated groups. True also, the first attack on an R.I.C. unit ...

    • ... Unionists, but very few of them engaged in active politics, ...

    • ... 138. duties. He was a very active and assiduous public man, a Justice of' the Peace, a member of the County Council, of the Committee of Management of the Tyrone and Fermanagh Asylum, Chairman of the Omagh Rural District Council, and a member of the Grand Jury of 'the County Tyrone. With Gallagher ...

    • ... despising rewards or bribes for their public services. From the day this small but very active group ...

    • ... was an active member of the imperialist Liberal League which, led by the reactionary Rosebery ...

    • ... of the conservative Party and, at the same time, leaving many gaps to be filled by bright and active ...

    • ... abstained from voting and left the determination of the issue to the active "Hedgers" and, of course ...

    • ... was the meeting a huge success, being attended by over 13,000 people, but from it shot out an active and forceful ...

    • ... no active or open part in politics. The third, Peter Haughey, a dark, tense, but rather small Napoleonic ...

    • ... 554. good Presbyterian and strong Unionist, although by no means a politician. He was too keen a businessman to indulge in active politics, and his "Cigar Divan" and "Sweeteries" was a kind of centre of intelligence and information that drew all and sundry thither when rumours were in the air ...

    • ... of Clogher proposes; or, on the other hand, to take an active share in an attempt at a real ...

    • ... say, at such a conference. Part of the active pro-Irish feeling that was then so conspicuous ...

    • ... height, slim in build and of a quick and active temperament. He was pale in complexion, with light ...

    • ... behind us, but from Dublin and elsewhere. In particular, I had a very active and well-informed group ...

    • ... 829. a strong Unionist and active supporter of Archdale; but he had a sound conception of the fundamental proprieties that large numbers of his fellow-Unionists lacked. When the Orange cheers died off, the victor advanced to address his exultant supporters. As his words fell on my ears, I could ...

    • ... , its very able and active Finance Minister, whose motto, off reiterated in those days, was, "Get ...

    • ... 893. constituencies, albeit very tardily at first. I should, however, except from any taint of tardiness the Co. Mayo and the Co. Galway constituencies, which were, I understand, very close in time behind West Clare. In Mayo in particular, a most active man in promoting Courts was Conor Maguire ...

    • ... where the I.R.A. were. dominant and active and required tough, determined and vigorous handling ...

    • ... the four pre-Truce years I had been active, in Sinn Fein and my Dail Land Court business I was never ...

    • ... , stableboys and yardmen to service their delivery vans, a necessity in those days of horse transport ...

    • ... to him. Mr. M. was the scion of an old English family with traditional service in the Royal Navy. He ...

    • ... "would dedicate himself to their service, whatever may happen". That day should be remembered ...

    • ... . The old man, after all his years of service, was naturally depressed at the Convention's action ...

    • ... , and comprising the officers of the army of occupation, the heads of the Civil Service quartered ...

    • ... ; but the permanent chiefs of the Castle Civil Service, never changed on a change of government, remained "semper ...

    • ... 198. income tax, and when there were very many wealthy people, several with large unearned incomes, especially in, the British army. Hence, there was a perpetual round of festivities to pass the, time and kill ennui, for neither in the army of occupation, nor in the Civil Service of the Castle ...

    • ... 331. of playing politics while holding high rank in the Service was an inexcusable exhibition of disloyalty...... The titbits of information he carried, as proudly as a dog with a shopping basket in its mouth, to the Opposition leaders were useful to them in their campaigning against the Government ...

    • ... that God will defend the right'. It was administered after Divine Service', ordered by the Church ...

    • ... foreign service under a government that was not Irish". In. view of this development, they declared ...

    • ... and abundance of fervour, s elf-confidence and altruistic, voluntary service at their command. But the general ...

    • ... 545. League and Covenant declares that we take this pledge 'Humbly relying on the God Whom our Fathers in days of stress and trial confidently trusted In such confidence that God will defend the right'. It was administered after Divine Service, ordered by the Church, with special forms provided ...

    • ... 729. the "Gunmen's Den", as loyalists were wont to refer. to it. Of course, it was raided time and time again; but the birds had all flown. Poor Christy, the hotel boots, had the life worried out of him by constant visits from detectives and secret service agents and, later, Black and Tans ...

    • ... military service as the Nationalists, they were suffering from a severe shook. Their Ulster ...

    • ... to the Front but would be reserved for home service in Ireland. They said so openly ...

    • ... the Military Service Act to Ireland certainly showed no signs of slacking. On the contrary, Castle activities ...

    • ... , putting forth his views about the impropriety of using "bells dedicated to the service of God ...

    • ... Service; for establishing Arbitration Courts; for the establishment of a Land Mortgage Bank, with a view ...

    • ... . "This is an arbitration court set up by the people for the people's service. Everyone present is here ...

    • ... 1,025. British secret service men who were shot dead by the I.R.A. on Bloody Sunday. But to return to the "Dái1 Land Settlement Commission A little later on, about the end of January, 1921, if my memory is correct, the "Land Settlement Commission" and its courts, separated from the Department ...

    • ... was recruited entirely from ex-British Officers with a good fighting record in the service. They would ...

    • ... staff when in the Service. However, as far as my brother and myself were concerned he was most ...

    • ... his unit, having been lately promoted a full lieutenant in, I think, either the Dublin Fusiliers ...

    • ... on with him; but circumstances were against me. And then I told him all about my being active ...

    • ... of the Mariner's Church, Dún Laoghaire, when, at a service there for the King's birthday, the organ played ...

    • ... "postal service", but did not see him again until one day he met me in Dublin by arrangement about ...

    • ... of being conscripted under the Military Service Act, which applied to Great Britain ...

  • WS Ref #: 956 , Witness: George White, Officer, IRA Dublin, 1921; QM, Active Service Unit, Dublin, 1920-21

    • ... becoming very hot in Dublin and the Active Service Unit was about to be launched. Some few days before ... been decided to form an Active Service Unit. He explained to us that it would be a full-time job ...

  • WS Ref #: 992 , Witness: Denis Noonan, Lieutenant IRA, Cork, 1921

    • ... to Lackelly where they were surprised by the enemy and five members were shot. The battalion active service unit was formed about tpis time under Justin McCarthy. This column usually laid in ambush ... active at night about this time. The column failed to make contact with the enemy. Members ...

    • ... of Kilfinane unit took part in the actual attack:- Jack McCarthy, Pat Carroll, Peter Steepe, Dan McCarthy, Joe Kelly, All other members of the unit were engaged on various activities in connection ... . The Cork Brigade, as well as supplying some riflemen for the attack, also rendered great service ...

    • ... organisation in the district. During 1917 and subsequent years the Volunteers took an active part in organising the political wing (Sinn Féin) of the movement. As a matter of fact this wing ... the representative from G.H.Q. (M.W. O'Reilly) to see what kind of a unit this was, many members ...

    • ... . The strength of the unit about this time was 18 to 20. Jack McCarthy was 0/C. and other members were: Dan ... a rifle or two. I don't know how they procured them. The Kilfinane unit was attached to the Galtee ... , Ballylanders, Mitchelstown and Charleville. With the other members of the Unit I attended a battalion ...

    • ... 2. The Kilfinane unit - still of the same strength - were mobilised on Easter Sunday morning 1916 ... of the unit were then assembling together as of old, but a couple of members raised the question of being ... to join the Volunteers. In the Summer of 1917 the strength of the Kilfinane unit was about 30 ...

    • ... the conscription period the strength of the unit would be about thirty five or forty. Amongst ... shotguns and some 200 rounds of ammunition were obtained. Practically all members of the unit took ...

  • WS Ref #: 1219 , Witness: Sean O'Neill, Captain IRA, Galway, 1921

    • ... by a spotter plane, covered systematically a wide area in search of our Active Service Unit ... to the native of the little town itself, our Active Service Unit entered the village that same night ...

    • ... Lancie cars took place at Carrorea on the Tuam-Dunmore Road. At about 5 a.m. our Active Service Unit took possession of a couple of cottages overlooking the road through which the enemy passed ...

    • ... for active service with a view to selecting the most suitable. A "Flying Column" was not formed ...

    • ... , Collins and others were very active. In Caltra the brothers Kilroy and Kilcummins were outstanding. In Newbridge Gavin and a number of others were very active. It would be futile to praise the officers ...

    • ... 95. the pre-Truce service of those who supported the Treaty. But I do say frankly that both of these Acts tended to introduce a desire on the part of some to make false statements to justify or substantiate their various claims for a Service Certificate. Military History then, to a great extent ...

    • ... and trusted friend. The Cortoon Branch of the Land League was a very active Branch. Membership fee ...

    • ... to a gallant man. Martin Fleming, whom I met later, carried an artificial arm. Among the most active men ...

    • ... had not forgotten that Tuam and Dunmore and North Galway generally were pretty active during ...

    • ... customer engaged on political or secret service work. I am not too certain whether or not I was a member ...

    • ... to work and were faster and, I should think, more efficient than a well-trained Civil Service ...

    • ... deserved a service medal. "I was in another time for knocking the eye out of a girl. She ...

    • ... as a guide I would be at sea to segregate the truth from the lie. The 1924 Military Service Pensions ...

    • ... for a Service Certificate swore and were vigorous in their affirmation that they took part in the attack ...

    • ... 102. who had no scruple in taking an advantage of the position in making an exhorbitant or false claim. Twenty years after the Truce some claimants paraded their service so as to convince the unwary that they were the men who won the 'Tan War'. I regret I have to be severe. But the truth is severe ...

  • WS Ref #: 1321 , Witness: Joseph F Dennigan, Captain IRA, Longford, 1921

    • ... the mobility of the enemy. North Longford had an active service unit organised on a whole- time basis ... by the British Government. This force consisted of nearly all ex-British officers who had seen service ... of this force were called cadets. By now, the Volunteers had become far more active in pushing the fight ...

    • ... was held and this again meant a very active time for the Volunteers, but it also served as a tine ... one service rifle, two revolvers and a few ...

    • ... lead, and in our unit only about twenty men remained loyal to the original executive. Redmond's ... small unit who took the side of the Irish Volunteers. We still had no arms and very little contact ...

    • ... . Tom Bannon was also very active in getting both organisations going again. Our small company covered ... the famous North Roscommon election in which we took an active part in assisting the Roscommon men ...

    • ... and lorries of Black and Tans, but we were gone. Although our company did not take part as a unit in any ...

  • WS Ref #: 1368 , Witness: William Hanley, Officer IRA, Tipperary, 1921

    • ... 14. R.I.C. barracks at Castleotway. The brigade active service unit had organised the attack and had got some of the local Volunteers to help them. In all, I would estimate that there were twenty ... /C of the active service unit was in charge. Positions were taken up about eight o'clock ...

    • ... , the brigade active service unit, consisting of about thirteen riflemen and four or five shotgun men ...

    • ... . The captain selected was Pat Doherty, 1st Lt., myself, and 2nd Lt., James Caples. The unit became known ...

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