Born in Clare, son of an RIC man who features in a few colourful family stories; went to school in Manchester then worked in the Belfast shipyard as a teenager; joined Dublin Brigade; arrested at the Burning; was a bodyguard for Arthur Griffith and a Commandant in the National Army; and, closing a family circle, died in Monaghan. A really interesting life path for a Custom House Fire Brigade Man. Thanks to Charles’ descendants in Co Monaghan we can add a great deal to the basic records discovered in our research.Origins and BackgroundCharles James McCabe was born in Kilkishen, east Clare just over 122 years ago on 8 July 1899. He was the youngest of four.Where Charlie was born (OSI)His ...

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