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.
The Easter Lily was introduced in 1926 by Cumann na mBan. Proceeds from the sale of the badge went to the Irish Republican Prisoners’ Dependants Fund. Traditionally, they were sold outside church gates on Easter Sunday and worn at republican commemorations.
The Easter lily continues to be sold and worn to this day with proceeds continuing to go to Irish Republican Prisoners. Please wear one in memory of all our patriot dead and also to support POWs, paper lilies are usually given on a donation basis while metal pins are sold for a small cost of around €£3-5.
Available from most Republican organisations including Republican SINN FÉIN Poblachtach, IRPWA Ireland, Cogús POWs and some independent sellers.
With many thanks to: Irish Republican Prisoner News
I know this a long shot but i trying to reach film crews and photogrophers who covered the murders off our mummy Maura Meehan and her sister Dorothy Maguire on the 23rd of October 1971 in Omar st on the lower falls
. I know that film crews and photographers came from all over the world France America Germany and many more .On one off the fotos my brother shared was the name Victor Patterson if anyone knows his where abouts or if by some miricle he reads this please get in touch.
Im trying to get what ever footage and fotos i can to help with our case to have our mummy and aunt dorothys names cleared. Everyone on my friends list and their friends and friends off friends could you PLEASE PLEASE SHARE this for me and help find what im looking for .THANK YOU ALL in advance xx
With many thanks to: Margaret Kennedy for the origional post.
Republican Sinn Fein would like to remember with pride Victor Notarantonio A genuine true republican to the end, A comrade and A friend. The Notarantonio family has long standing history of Irish republicanism through the generations. Victor’s father Francisco Notarantonio was an IRA volunteer and a former republican internee shot dead in 1987 when the british army colluded and directed the loyalist UFF/UDA to murder him. Victor himself was a committed IRA volunteer he was also interned in the 1970’s and was held in the maidstone prison ship in Belfast lough.Through the decades Victor battled the british army, the RUC and loyalist death squads.
Victor gave his life to the cause he was a strong outspoken critic of the direction the reformist Provisional element were intent on, there path to joining the british administration. He was fully dedicated in his effort to stand vast to republican principles and upholding the Irish RepubliCumann. memory of Oglach Victor Notarantonio.
Hessy Phelan who was murdered this day in 1996. Hessy had escaped the SAS bullets that claimed the live of his comrade Colm McNutt in 1977 only to be murdered by a thug member of the NYPD two decades later.
Hessy was a former member of the IRSP and the INLA and long term political prisoner prior to moving to New York.
On 21 January 1996, a friend of Hessy’s, a bartender at a New York pub, asked her boyfriend, a New York cop with a record of excessive force complaints, to take Hessy to his apartment.
Once there, according to witnesses and trial testimony, the boyfriend shot Hessy in the head, and was convicted of manslaughter in 1999.
With many thanks to the: James Connolly Association Sydney, Australia
Below is a copy of the Irish Times about his murder
NY policeman on charge of killing Derry immigrant
A NEW YORK City police officer has been charged with murdering an Irish immigrant from Derry, Mr Patrick “Hessy” Phelan, on January…
A NEW YORK City police officer has been charged with murdering an Irish immigrant from Derry, Mr Patrick “Hessy” Phelan, on January 21st this year.
Mr Richard Molloy (31), claimed that Mr Phelan (39), grabbed his police revolver on that night and used it to shoot himself in the head.
That claim was rejected by prosecutors in a Bronx courtroom yesterday. They said Mr Molloy shot Mr Phelan after a drunken argument. Mr Phelan’s family and friends erupted in cheers as the indictment against Mr Molloy was read out.
“It won’t bring back our Hessy,” said Ms Martina Phelan, the dead man’s sister. “But we’re very happy that the truth of this murder is finally coming out.”
Mr Molloy has been suspended from the New York police department and his gun taken away, pending the investigation. After entering a not guilty plea he was freed on $25,000 bail.
Mr Phelan, who served eight years in the Maze prison as a member of the INLA in the late 1970s and early 1980s, had lived illegally in the Bronx since the mid 1980s, working as a house painter. He was well known in the immigrant Irish Bronx community and in recent months dozens of people have picketed the Bronx prosecutor’s office, claiming a “cover up”.
Mr Molloy, an Irish American whose father is a retired member of the NYPD, was off duty after midnight on January 21 and was in the Oak Bar, a Bronx saloon owned by Derry immigrants. Mr Molloy left the bar with Mr Phelan, whom he knew as a neighbour, and within 15 minutes police were called to a nearby apartment, where Mr Phelan was found dead.
The trial is likely to start early next year. If convicted, Mr Molloy faces a maximum of 25 years.
With many thanks to: The Irish Times for the origional story.