Patrick Reilly, George Gray, John ‘Spivis’ Dwyer and Tom Kehoe – all dead within five years of their arrest at the Custom House. They died in different circumstances and places. Of those Lads, Colonel-Commandant Kehoe is undoubtedly the best known and remembered. Let’s have a look at the stories behind the other names, beginning with Patrick Reilly.He proved a bit difficult to trace. The only definite reference was on the Custom House Prisoner list, address 107 Lower Gardiner Street. No age, occupation or hint where he came from so searching birth or census records was fairly pointless. It didn’t help that the address was listed in old Dublin street directories as ‘Tenements’ and no occupants were shown. But, enough moaning about ...

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