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The Dead of the Irish Revolution$
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Eunan O'Halpin and Daithi O Corrain

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300123821

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300123821.001.0001

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(p.107) 1919
The Dead of the Irish Revolution

Eunan O’Halpin

Daithí Ó Corráin

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the deaths of the people who died in Ireland in 1919. For a while, postman Daniel Joseph McGandy had been helping Michael Sheerin, who had been pilfering a stock of grenade casings in Craig's engineering works, by carrying these off in his postman's bag. On January 19, 1919, McGandy failed to attend a rendezvous with Sheerin. Next day his coat, revolver, and post bag were found on the quay outside Craig's; a week later his body was recovered from the River Foyle. It was believed 'that he had lost his life on account of unofficial hostile action'. Meanwhile, farmer James McDonnel joined the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) on October 18, 1882, serving in Wexford, the RIC Reserve, and Wexford again before transfer to Tipperary town in 1891. He died during the Soloheadbeg ambush by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) party in 1919.

Keywords:   deaths, Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary, Soloheadbeg ambush, Irish Republican Army, IRA

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