On 14th March 1923 four men were shot by firing squad at Drumboe Castle (near Stranorlar) on the orders of the Free State goverment bringing the number of executions they carried out to 77.
Commandant-General Charley Daly (26) Kerry.
Brigadier- Commandant Sean Larkin (26) Derry.
Lieutenant Timothy O’Sullivan (23) Kerry.
Lieutenant Daniel Enright (23) Kerry.
On 2nd November 1922 an eight man IRA collumn was captured at Meenabul Dunlewey Charley Daly, Sean Larkin, Daniel Enright, Timothy O’Sullivan, James lane, James Donaghy, Frank Ward and Dainel Coyle. The eight men were tried by a military court were charged with possession of rifles, revolvers, ammunition and bombs all eight were convicted.
On the 18th January 1923 they were and sentenced to death by firing squad.
On the 10th March 1923 the Fair Day in Creeslough. Captan Bernard Cannon (24) of the Free State army was shot at the Creeslough barracks. Next day Dr. Coll examined the body of Captan Cannon and found a small entry wound to the chest and a large exit wound to the back. As this was regarded as an IRA attack on a Free State barracks it sealed the fate of the Drumboe Martyers. Their is suggestions that no attack occurred on that night and the IRA denied involvement. Many years later Peadar O’Donnell IRA stated that their was no IRA activity in the area at the time. The 24th of May 1923 brought an end to the Irish Civil War when Frank Aiken ordered the IRA to dump arms.
It is said during an election appearance in Creeslough 1923 by the then ( Commander in Chief of the Army) Minister for Defence General Richard Mulcahy who had signed the Death Warrant’s for the Drumboe Martyrs. A man in the crowed call up “What about the 77 just men you shot” and the reply came “Yes and 77 more if nessarry”. Free State General Mulcahy lived to the ripe old age of 85 and died on 16th September 1971 from natural causes.
With many thanks to: James Connolly