Burning of Dublin Custom House 1921

Some Custom House Fire Brigade Men in Kilmainham

Most Commemoration Group members will have already seen the original Custom House Prisoner list covering the men arrested on 25 May 1921. It was compiled immediately after the attack. Gerry Cassidy posted it on the Facebook page last year (A second list was completed later, omitting some uninvolved civilians who were released. That has also appeared on the Commemoriation Group page).

We thought it would be worthwhile publishing that original list again on this site where it may reach a wider audience.

We are delighted to have met descendants or relatives of many men listed below.

However we are always on the look out for more information and new relatives of the Custom House Fire Brigade.

We have corrected some names and addresses which were misspelled on the original and added real names in a few cases (with special thanks to John Dorins). All addresses were in Dublin City. Any further corrections are most welcome.

Interned in Kilmainham

Burning of Dublin Custom House 1921

A group of Custom House men in Kilmainham

 

Name Address
William Adderley 5 Wellington Place (Inn’s Quay district)
Thomas Bates 28 Goldsmith Street, Phibsborough
Frank Bolster 60 Oxmantown Road, Stoneybatter
Frank Brennan 1 Nugents Cottages, Broadstone
Christopher Byrne 45 St. Mary’s Road, East Wall
George Byrne 6 Queen’s Cottages, Portland Row
Michael Byrne 8 Talbot Place, Talbot Street
Francis Joseph ‘Frank’ Carberry 2 Great Charles Street, North Circular Road
John Cullinane 9H Iveagh Buildings, Old Bride Street
Cyril James Daly 1 Leinster Avenue, North Strand
William ‘Bill’ Donegan 13 Dunne Row, Ballybough
Myles Doody 1 Addison Road, Fairview
Walter Doolan None shown, came from New Ross, Co Wexford
John Doran 17 Henrietta Street
George Joseph Dowdall 13 St. Patrick’s Terrace, North Circular Road
Richard Downes 11 Emerald Street, Seville Place
James Joseph Doyle 21 Rathmines Road, Rathmines
John Doyle 111 Philipsburgh Avenue, Fairview
Peter Doyle 11 Williams Place, North Wall
William Doyle 3 St. Kevin’s Cottages, Synge Street
Leo Duffy 9 Back Lane, Cornmarket
Michael Duggan 500 North Circular Road
John Dwyer 10 Lombard Street
Patrick Evers 28 George’s Place (Rotunda district)
Peter Anthony (Peadar) Farrell (O’Farrell) 11 Fontenoy Street
Daniel ‘Dan’ Finlayson 15 Northbrook Terrace, North Strand Road
Lawrence or Laurence Finnegan 34 Lower Glengariff Parade (Inn’s Quay district)
James Foley (under alias Stephen O’Neill) 12 Delahunty’s Buldings, Lower Mount Street
Gerald ‘Gerry’ Hughes (under alias Hugh William Fitzgerald) 111 Clonliffe Road
Christopher Fitzsimons 10 Newcomen Court, North Strand
Michael Fleming 140 Drumcondra Road
Patrick Fleming 11 St. Joseph’s Parade (off Nelson Street)
(Patrick) Anthony Flynn 28 Hardwicke Street
Philip Christopher Flynn Clarke’s Cottages, Lower Summerhill Bridge
Edward Fogarty 15 Findlater Place, Sackville Street
John ‘Jackie’ Foy 28 Lower Gloucester Street
James Francis ‘Frankie’ Freyne (under alias George Lewis) 6 St Joseph’s Terrace, Phibsborough Avenue
James ‘Jim’ Gibbons 3 Dunard Terrace (Donard Terrace, Hanlons Corner?)
John Gibson 7 Lower Gardiner Street
Joseph Gilhooly 38 Hardwicke Street
James ‘Jem’ Goggins 96 Botanic Avenue
John ‘Jack’ Grace 50 North Strand Road
George Matthew Gray 12 Lower Dominick Street
Thomas Gregan 5a Upper Jane Place
Patrick Joseph ‘Specky’ Griffin 58 Dame Street
Robert Halpin 24 Summerhill Parade
Patrick Harold 43 Eccles Street
James ‘Jim’ Harpur Burren Cottages, Dillon Place
James Michael Heery 39 Hardwicke Street
James Ingleton (or Angleton) 62 Lower Gardiner Street
Thomas ‘Tom’ Kehoe or Keogh 3 Richmond Crescent, North Circular Road
James Kelly 9 Lower Gardiner Street
Michael Edward (O’) Kelly 20 Upper Oriel Street
Thomas ‘Tom’ Kilcoyne (under alias Francis Lewis) 4 St. Joseph’s Terrace, Phibsborough Avenue
Thomas Killmurry or Kilmurray 2 Luke Street (off Poolbeg Street)
Edward John ‘Ned’ Lane 613 North Circular Road
Michael Joseph Lane 613 North Circular Road
Patrick ‘Paddy’ Lawson 23 Lower Gloucester Street
(Peter) Joseph Leddy 14 Buckingham Street
Michael ‘Mick’ Love 10 Bessborough Avenue, North Strand
Thomas Maguire 45 Buckingham Buildings
Cecil Malley 7 Iona Drive, Drumcondra
Charles McCabe 5 Commons Street, North Wall
Thomas McCabe 93 Amiens Street
Patrick McCourt 76 Upper Dorset Street
Michael Christopher McEvoy 33 Lower Erne Street
Patrick McGlynn 10 Reginald Square, Meath Street
Bernard McGrath 9 O’Sullivan’s Avenue, North Strand
Richard McGrath 3 Upper Northbrook Avenue, North Strand
Thomas Francis McKenna 10 Kings Avenue, Ballybough Road
Patrick Moore 6 Turvey Avenue, Inchicore
John George Mulcahy 26 George’s Place (Rotunda district)
John Joseph Muldowney 29 Hardwicke Street
James (Joseph) Murphy 6 Bessborough Avenue, North Strand
Michael Murphy 1 Leinster Avenue, North Strand
Thomas Murphy 9 Parkview Terrace, Wharf Road, East Wall
John ‘Jack’ Nolan 32 Norfolk Road, Cabra
James ‘Sean’ Nolan 17 Hawthorn Terrace, North Street end (North Dock)
Peter O’Brien 43 Upper Wellington Street (off Mountjoy Street)
Thomas (O’) Flanagan 585 North Circular Road
Peter Ratcliffe 19 Emmet Street, North Circular Road
Patrick Reilly 107 Lower Gardiner Street
Thomas Rigney 92 Lower Dorset Street
Jeremiah ‘Sam’ Robinson 38 Mountjoy Street
Daniel Rooney 3 Walsh’s Cottages, North Wall
Charles Ryan 11 North Wall
Joseph Ryan 10 Talbot Place, Talbot Street
Richard Joseph ‘Dick’ Seville 19 Findlater Place
Patrick Sharkey 1 Bella Street (off Upper Buckingham Street)
Patrick Swanzy 50 North Strand Road
Francis Leo Waldron 542 North Circular Road

Jailed in Mountjoy

Burning of Dublin Custom House 1921

Six of these men ended up in Mountjoy

Edmond Joseph ‘Ned’ Breslin 104 Seville Place, North Strand
Patrick ‘Paddy’ Brunton 128 The Coombe/James Street
Thomas Flood (under alias James Thomas Shiels) 6 Emmet Street, North Circular Road
John ‘Sean’ Sliney 15 Lower Dominick Street
Michael Watchorne (or Watchorn) 12 Paul Street (off Queen Street)
John James ‘Johnny’ Wilson 49 Thomas Street
John ‘Sean’ Ward 3 St. Teresa Place, Glasnevin

We should also mention Michael C. Stephenson who escaped from the Custom House but was arrested on another charge a week later and sent to Mountjoy. And, of course, Charles McMahon who was severely wounded at the Custom House and kept under guard in King George V Military Hospital for some months.

Burning of Dublin Custom House 1921

Some more of the men interned in Kilmainham

Our research into all the above-named has produced varying amounts of personal information, from lots to a little, to absolutely zero.

We have been able to tell the life stories posted on this site primarily using historical records in the public domain. In some cases relatives have been crucial contributors, sharing fascinating details and insights from family knowledge. And we can always use additional information on any of the men!

We are now appealing for help particularly with nine of the men listed above who were held in Kilmainham. Our digging has failed to unearth any details beyond the name and address given when they were captured. Unfortunately there are no records of residents in any of these houses in/around 1921 – almost all were described as ‘Tenements’.

It would be a great shame if these brave Old IRA Volunteers were forgotten or left in obscurity.

So, if you recognise a name or know anything about the individuals, please get in touch via this site or on the Facebook page.

Here are the men we need major help with (alphabetical order):

  1. Michael Byrne, 8 Talbot Place. Michael appears at that address on the Electoral Register for 1937/38. UPDATE 9 Feb 2019: 1911 census and 1917 marriage records found by Kind Reader, Patrick Johnson.
  2. John Doran, 17 Henrietta Street. No other record found. That address was listed as ‘In Ruins’ in 1921. This leads us to suspect the name may be an alias? UPDATE 11 Feb 2019: Info supplied by Patrick Johnson being digested…..
  3. Peter Doyle, 11 Williams Place, North Wall. Mentioned in a British raid report dated 26 May 1921, father’s name was Patrick. UPDATE 22 Feb 2019: Birth and census records found. Born 1902, Co Wicklow. Lived in Denzille Street, Dublin as a kid. No later record found.
  4. William Doyle, 3 St Kevin’s Cottages, Synge Street. UPDATE 9 Feb 2019: Identity of William confirmed by granddaughter Winnie.
  5. James Ingleton, 62 Lower Gardiner Street. Gary has a note in his files he was in F Coy, 2nd Batt. Surname may have been Angleton, as shown on a British report dated 19 October 1921 saying a “James Ingleton (Angleton)” had been released on 12 Oct. UPDATE 11 Feb 2019: Some further info found – name was definitely Angleton. Died in 1958. Patrick Johnson’s inputs very helpful again.
  6. Thomas Kilmurry, 2 Luke Street (off Poolbeg Street).  Liam found a Witness Statement refering to an Englishman named Kilmurray as the owner of nos 1 and 2 Luke Street, where a munitions factory was run by Dublin Brigade. No other record found.
  7. Charles J. McCabe, 5 Commons Street, North Wall. Listed in BMH WS0127 as a prisoner & Charley’s photo appears in the Kilmainham autograph book of Cyril Daly. No other record found.
  8. Peter O’Brien, 43 Upper Wellington Street (off Mountjoy Street). No other record found.
  9. Patrick Reilly, 107 Lower Gardiner Street. No other record found.

We guess that in all probability Jim Conroy must be hidden under an alias of one of those names…..

Held in Arbour Hill Detention Barracks and Released

These men were also rounded up and taken into military custody when they didn’t provide good enough reasons for being in the vicinity of the Custom House on 25 May. Over a period of 3 weeks or so, they were all released after investigations proved nothing against them. However James Kelly was quickly re-arrested and sent to Kilmainham. But IRA Volunteer John ‘Jack’ Young managed to talk his way out of captivity and stayed free until hostilities ended.

Myles Brady 13 Leinster Avenue, North Strand
Patrick Carpenter 7 South Cumberland Street
Michael Colley 24 Lower Buckingham Street
Vincent Dillon 1 Clonmore Villas, Ballybough
Thomas Doran 17 Botanic Avenue, Glasnevin
James Dorgan 26 Lower Dorset Street
Thomas Fitzpatrick 25 Blackhall Street
Edward Hackett 20 Warrenmount Place
Edward Hanbury 10 Tram Cottages
Thomas Hanefy 78 North Circular Road
Joseph Hennessy 129 Baggot Street
Patrick Hyland 17 Father Matthew Square, off Church Street
Michael Jenkins 29 Coleraine Street, North
James Kelly 9 Lower Gardiner Street
Thomas Kenny 14 Mountjoy Square
Thomas Mahon Carraig Uladh, Drumcondra
Joseph Mahony 21 Arbour Hill
James McBreen 88 Grosvenor Square, Rathmines
Thomas McDonnell 2 Temple Street
Thomas McKeon 33 Summer Hill
Michael McManus Silver Lodge, Harold’s Cross
James Motherwell 56 Botanic Avenue
Thomas O’Brien 21 Garden Lane, off Francis Street
Daniel Owens 13 Killarney Street
Christie Smullen 44 Seville Place
Thomas White 4 Rutland Square
John Young 2 North James Street
William Young St. Thomas’ Church, Marlborough Street

We have hardly any information at all about most men on this list and could really do with your help here ……. do you recognise any names or addresses on it?

Thank you in anticipation.

The Team