Full Name: Thomas Murphy

Addresses: 9 Parkview Terrace, Wharf Road, East Wall; 39 East Wall Road.

Unit: E Coy, 2nd Battalion, Dublin Brigade. Rank Volunteer. National Army, details not known.

Born: 1 October 1897 at 55 Albert Street, Belfast City.

Parents: John (a Blacksmith) and Bridget Drain.

Siblings: Thomas was third eldest of ten. His brothers and sisters were Joseph, Mary Anne, Henry, Robert, Sarah, Bridget, Kathleen, Christopher and Edward.

Military Service: Details of his service are not known beyond his membership of E Coy and arrest at the Custom House.

Personal Life: The Murphys moved from The Falls in Belfast to Dublin’s Docklands about 1902. Thomas worked as a Plumber, possibly in the Dublin Dockyard Company where many Old IRA men were employed. He never married. He died at his home on East Wall Road on 20 November 1983 aged 86. Buried in Glasnevin, plot PD118.5 St Paul’s section. Sadly his grave is unmarked.

Remarks: Thomas appears in Cyril Daly’s Kilmainham photo album.

Burning of Dublin Custom House 1921
Kilmianham Gaol Museum

There is also a photo of him in National Army uniform, 1922/23.

Burning of Dublin Custom House 1921
Via Gary Deering

Thomas’s family were active republicans. Three of his brothers – Joseph, Henry (Harry) and Robert – were also members of E Coy. Harry’s Military Pension files are online (24SP2600). Joseph served as a Private with the National Army during the Civil War. Unfortunately he lost his Tan War medal attending a Griffiths-Collins anniversary Mass in 1967. Hopefully it was returned to him.

Relatives: None known.