#OnThisDay 1894 Dan Breen was born in Donohill, Tipperary. Breen was in the IRA &fired some of the first shots of the War of Independence at Soloheadbeg. He fought throughout the war with a price on his head& later opposed the Treaty. He became a Fianna Fáil TD
Patrick Sarsfield’s Ballyneety Raid 1690
#OnThisDay 1690 Patrick Sarsfield guided by Galloping Hogan intercepted & destroyed a Williamite supply train at Ballyneety, Limerick. They destroyed 16 cannons & burned over 150 wagons full of food, arms & ammo. ‘Sarsfield’s the word & Sarsfield’s the man.’
MnáMondays: Maighréad Uí Luasa
Maighréad Uí Luasa was treasurer of Cork City Cumann na mBan. Maighréad procured tin cans from factories & gave them to the IRA to make bombs. She predominantly worked in intelligence, passing cyphers, once hiding a message in a pen cap during an Auxie raid.
MnáMondays: Kate Byrne
Kate Byrne was refused entry to the GPO at the start of the Rising so she kicked in a window & got in that way. In there, she provided medical assistance & made bandages from her petticoat. She ran dispatches & ended some journeys with a bullet in her beret.
MnáMondays: Marie Perolz
Marie Perolz, from Limerick, joined Inghinidhe na hÉireann & the Irish CItizen Army &was owner of the trade union paper ‘Spark’. Perolz was involved in acquiring guns for the Rising & even bought a machinegun from a soldier stationed in Dublin Castle.