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My father, Paddy (Patrick Joseph) McCarthy, who died in 1972, had a medal for service in ‘A1 (University College Cork) Company, 2nd Battalion, Cork I Brigade, Oglaigh na hEireann (IRA) during the three months which ended on 11th July, 1921. His familiy was from Skibbereen. He was a student of engineering at UCC at the time. Is there some way I can find out a bit more about his life during that period?
Go raibh maith agat.  Padraig McCarthy.

Babe Donegan was actually a woman in Cumann na nBan.Mary Donegan i think was her propper name from the Midleton area in Co Cork.Date of birth & thing’s i honestly don’t have a clue.Just the other day i received her uniform’s badge & medal. Any info?

Le dea-mhein,
Slan mo chara.


Here is the photo. As I mentioned, his name was Daniel McGlinchy and was from Donegal.  I have also have a transcribed copy of a book of poems he wrote. The first page says (in case this information helps):

Irish Volunteer Donegal ? Daniel McGlinchey

The Pikemen of Erinn

Song Book

Songs, Recitations, and Poems of the Gael

Dedicated to and in loving memory

of the Brave Boys of Easter Week, 1916


Descriptive Sketch


The Banners of Erinn

shown as

cover sketch


Donnaill Magloinsechain

(Adjutant I.V.  Anne St – Glasford)


Any information you might have on date, or whatever, would be much appreciated!

Thank you,



I am researching the history of D coy 1st Batt, I.R.A.1916.My grandfather William O’Dea served under the command of Seán Heuston along with 11 others took over the Mendicity Institute,Dublin on 24/4/16.Are there any records of these men before and after Easter Week 1916?I have heard they were sent to Kilmainham and that W O’Dea was imprisoned in Portland and Lewes.Are prison records available?    Éamon Ó Deagha.

——————————————————————————————hi there can you tell me who gave the medals for fianna 50th
year, and were i would find this list. regards
diarmuid gannon

——————————————————————————————I am looking for a good biography of Michael collins can you recommend one .Thanks.   Stephen Sullivan


I am looking for records of my grandfather Joseph Michael Curran, from the 3rd Btt.Dublin Brigade born July 29th ,1876, died Aug.21,1957 .

brenda forster



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  1. Fin August 5, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Regarding, Edmond and also Brenda Foster.
    Edmond, a Patrick Mc Carthy commd IRA Cork made 2 statements to the Bureau of military history in Dublin, the numbers are 38 and 1163, email ( )
    to request those statements, may not be your kin but worth a shot it does not cost any money.
    Other than that find the names of his comrades, one of them would have made a statement and I can provide you with a number, doing this will certainly get you results, just leave a post requesting a name and will get back to you.
    Brenda on the same list is a Mrs Lily Curran officer of Cumann na mBan Dublin, number 805, request it from the above link and am sure may lead to some results also, by the way this may not be your kin also.
    For both of you concerned the Bureau usually require a request by mail, but in recent times have agreed to this way of requests.
    Good luck in your search

  2. Oliver Curran September 9, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I wish you well in your search Brenda,it takes much patience. Regards from Newry Currans.

  3. Audra larkin March 21, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Hi I am looking for information on one patrick mccarthy 2nd battalion not clear if he is grandfather or great grandfather he married Annie and they had 4 kids he died at an early age my memories or of the battalion picture over my grandmothers fireplace but we never got clarity about wether it was grand or great grand father am doing a family trace from what I gather my grandfather died in or about 1961 I think he is buried in glassheen cemetery in bishops town cork

  4. pat June 17, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Hi Brenda
    I believe your cousin Laurence has some information on Joseph M Curran (Snr) he was based in Bolands Mills and was in Ballykinler camp at some time also. I have not seen his files but I hope to.

  5. Bella Curran October 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Pat,

    I believe the Joseph Curran that Brenda inquired about is my grandfather also. Would you have any contact info for Brenda? I see that her post is sometime in 2011 (?)
    Any information about him, or how I could get in touch with Brenda, would be much appreciated.


  6. Lorraine Power March 27, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Hi Brenda, are you the daughter of Kevin Curran? only seeing this post now. We would love to get in touch with you. My father is Lawrence Curran your cousin and he has indeed lots of information on your grandfather Joseph M Curran. Please contact him on

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