William Donegan was one of the pre-Truce IRA men who went on to confront several later incarnations of the organisation. Made redundant from Oriel House after the Civil War, he joined the new Garda Síochána Special Branch. Twenty-one years after losing 5 Republican comrades at the Burning, a detective colleague with him on a raid was killed in a shoot-out with two Republicans of the 1940s. History seems to have repeated itself for Bill Donegan.Origin and BackgroundBill’s birthplace looking well and still occupiedWilliam Donegan was a Dubliner, born on 6 October 1903 at 5 Dunne Street, off Portland Row on the northside. His parents were a Boot Maker named James and his wife Elizabeth, originally Dunne. Young Bill grew up ...

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