Full Name: Thomas Gregan, nicknamed Chicky.

Address: 5a Upper Jane Place

Unit: A Coy, 2nd Battalion, Dublin Brigade

Born: 14 May 1901 at 49 Seville Cottages

Parents: James (a Labourer) and Bridget (originally Flood), a Dressmaker.

Siblings: Older brothers Samuel and Christopher and younger sister Maggie.

Military Service: Tommy joined the IRA in 1919 at Abbey Street. He served with A Coy, 2nd Battalion during the War of Independence. From April 1920 he was involved in armed street patrols in the North Strand and Dorset Street areas; a raid on Russell Street Post Officer; and the disarming of DMP in the city, November 1920.

The following May he was of course involved in the destruction of the Custom House. He mentioned that in the month prior to the attack job he was involved in commandeering petrol [sic]. On 25 May 1921 he described taking ledgers and papers and putting them in the middle of the floor where they were set alight. He said he surrendered when coming out of the building and was interned in Arbour Hill and Kilmainham Jail until December 1921.

A real shame this attempted photo cannot be rescued (Kilmainham Gaol Museum)

After his release he did not follow the majority of his old Coy and 2nd Battalion comrades. Instead he joined the newly established K Coy under Captain Michael Murphy, along with Gerry Hughes, two other Custom House Fire Brigade Men and known to have been anti-Treaty IRA.

At the outset of the Civil War Thomas claimed he was with a party of 30-40 IRA men occupying Mullet’s shop in Parnell Street where they were attacked by a Free State armored car. After the surrender of the Four Courts he decided to go home and took no further part in the Civil War.

Personal Life: He was a Junior Clerk when he joined the IRA. He also lived at Block B, Buckingham Buildings and 4 Leland Place, Commons Street, North Wall.

Tommy married Alicia Murphy at St Laurence O’Toole’s church on 23 June 1925. He was a Labourer from 5a Upper Jane Place. Thomas Gregan died on 21 January 1969 aged 67, a widower and Docker late of 16 H St Laurence’s Mansions, Sheriff Street. He was buried in Balgriffin Cemetery plot H119 beside his wife, survived by his sons (one also named Thomas), daughters, brothers and sister.

Remarks: Thomas was awarded a Military Service Pension under the 1934 Act for approximately one-and-three-quarters years service (MSP34REF91). But the files are not online (despite that being reported to Military Archives). His photo taken in Kilmainham unfortunately produced just a ghostly image. History seems to have conspired against him! His autograph and a verse he wrote did, however, survive.

A little insight into his time in Kilmainham

Relatives: None known.