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. Our own 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 Commemoration 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
|William Adderley||5 Wellington Place (Inn’s Quay district)|
|Thomas Bates||28 Goldsmith Street, Phibsborough|
|Frank Bolster||60 Oxmantown Road, Stoneybatter|
|Frank ‘Terry’ Brennan||1 Nugents Cottages, Broadstone|
|Christopher Byrne||45 St. Mary’s Road, East Wall|
|George Byrne||6 Quinn’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’s 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 ‘Jack’ Doyle||111 Philipsburgh Avenue, Fairview|
|Peter Doyle||11 Williams Place, North Wall|
|William ‘Billy’ 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 Farrell (Peadar 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|
|(Nicholas) Edward Fogarty||15 Findlater Place, Sackville Street|
|John ‘Jackie’ Foy||28 Lower Gloucester Street|
|James Francis ‘Frankie’ Freyne (under alias Francis Lewis)||6 St Joseph’s Terrace, Phibsborough Avenue|
|James ‘Jimmy’ Gibbons||3 Dunard Terrace (Hanlon’s Corner)|
|John ‘Jack’ Gibson||7 Lower Gardiner Street|
|(Michael) 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 Angleton (or Ingleton)||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 George Lewis)||4 St. Joseph’s Terrace, Phibsborough Avenue|
|(Christopher) Thomas Kilmurry||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, Ballybough|
|Richard A. 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 Paul 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 Patrick Rigney (now known to be an alias for Jim Conroy)||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
|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. And finally, Joseph Griffin, 2nd Battalion Intelligence Officer who is pictured in Kilmainham and later listed as a Custom House Prisoner but whose name is not on British files.
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):
- Michael Byrne, 8 Talbot Place. UPDATE Nov 2019: Michael died in 1937. Outline here.
- John Doran, 17 Henrietta Street. Update 2020: Now resolved.
- 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. Known info here.
- William Doyle, 3 St Kevin’s Cottages, Synge Street. UPDATE 9 Feb 2019: Identity confirmed by granddaughter Winnie. Billy Doyle’s story is here.
- 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: Surname was definitely Angleton. Died in 1958. Patrick Johnson’s inputs very helpful again. Known info here.
- Thomas Kilmurry, 2 Luke Street (off Poolbeg Street). UPDATE 29 Apr 2019: Traced by John Dorins. Christopher Thomas Kilmurry was a Limerick man who emigrated to the US after hostilities in Ireland, married in 1926 and died in Vermont, 1973. His story here.
- 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. UPDATE 10 Jan 2019: He was born in Co Clare 1899. In the Civil War he was a Commandant with 2nd Eastern Intelligence, National Army. He died in 1954. Full story here.
- Peter Paul O’Brien, 43 Upper Wellington Street (off Mountjoy Street). UPDATE 29 Apr 2019: A Dub from the Inner City, he married in 1922 and later emigrated to England. Peter died in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, 1981. His full story here.
- Patrick Reilly, 107 Lower Gardiner Street. UPDATE 28 May 2019: This young Dub, named in the Military Pensions as Desmond Patrick, was killed in action during the Civil War in Tralee, Co Kerry on 2 Aug 1922. He was buried in Glasnevin’s Army Plot with 8 other Dublin Guards who died at that time. Full story here.
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 Volunteers John ‘Jack’ Young and Thomas Mahon, as well as possible members Daniel Owens and Patrick Carpenter, managed to talk their way out of captivity and stayed free until hostilities ended with the Truce.
|Myles Brady||13 Leinster Avenue, North Strand|
|Patrick Carpenter||7 South Cumberland Street (National Army 1922 census)|
|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 (IRA. 2nd Battalion asst QM)|
|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 (National Army 1922 census)|
|Christie Smullen||44 Seville Place|
|Thomas White||4 Rutland Square (Now Parnell Square)|
|John Young||2 North James Street (IRA)|
|William Young||St. Thomas’ Church, Marlborough Street (Son of the church Caretaker)|
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.