This Custom House man was one of the midlands Volunteers who claimed to have struck the first blow in the Easter Rising. Yet his participation was never acknowledged when it came to honours and military pensions in the aftermath of the War of Independence and Civil War he fought in.Origin and BackgroundWhere John was born and grew up (OSI maps)John Joseph Muldowney was born on 25 April 1894 at Ridge Road, Mountmellick, Queen’s County (now Laois). He was named after his father (a Mill Worker) and his mother was Mary Brewder (with many spelling variations). The family moved to Maryborough (now Portlaoise) and were recorded on Green Lane in the 1901 and 1911 censuses. John had four older sisters – ...

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