The Boys of the Old Brigade – Commandant Michael O’Brien KiA – RIP


The ambush party of the South Mayo Brigade IRA under the leadership of Tom Maguire, who on Tuesday, May 3 1921 launched a surprise attack on a detachment of RIC men and Black and Tans, inflicting severe losses on the enemy before making good their escape through the Partry mountains.

That engagement has gone into folk history as an unquestioned success for the IRA volunteers, whose battle achievements were exceeded only by their escape from certain capture and death by a force of several hundred British troops combing the Partry mountains in search of the rebels. In so doing, the Flying Column of the IRA claimed that it had been surrounded by up to 600 troops, but that the volunteers had fought their way out, inflicting up to 50 casualties.

01. Mattie Flannery (Ballinrobe)

02. Tommy Fahy (Ballinrobe)

03. Jack Collins (Cong)

04. Mick Collins (Cong)

05. John Butler (Ballinrobe)

06. Terry O’Brien (Ballinrobe)

07. Martin Conroy (Ballinrobe)

08. Comdt. Tom Lally (Ballinrobe)

09. Capt. Paddy Maye (Ballinrobe)

10. Brigadier Tom Maguire

11. Paddy King (Tourmakeady)

12. Tommy Cavanagh (Cong)

13. Seamus Burke (The Neale)

14. Michael Shaughessy (Cross)

15. Michael Corless (Cross)

16. Lt. Seamus O’Brien (Kilmaine)

17. Tommy Carney (Cong)

18. Paddy Gibbons (Tourmakeady)

19. Tom Murphy (Cong)

20. Michael Costello (Tourmakeady – known as “Soldier” due to his service in WWI)

21. Jack Ferguson (Ballinrobe – originally from Leitrim)

The space between No. 1 and No. 10 in the picture is deliberate and was done as a tribute to their fallen adjutant Comdt. Michael O’Brien (Kildun, The Neale) who was killed in action as the ASU retreated from Tourmakeady. This was done at the suggestion of Tom Maguire.

With many thanks to: James Connolly Assoc Australia

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