The news of one son’s death on 25 May 1921 was surely shattering enough for the O’Reilly* family of Wellesley Place, Dublin City. It must have felt like the worst case scenario when they heard Paddy was dead.However, what happened two days later strains comprehension. Imagine the added shock and sorrow when they discovered who was laid out beside Paddy in the morgue. None other than the ‘baby’ of the family, Stephen, supposedly ‘safe’ in custody at Arbour Hill. With a third lad, Seamus, interned and another on the run, the cost of the War of Independence was mounting horribly for the O’Reillys.Paddy (left) and Stephen, both killed in action 25 May 1921Tragically, they were not of course the only ...

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