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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

20 January 1923: In one of the darkest days in the Irish Civil War a total of 11 Republican Prisoners were officially executed after being taken in arms. Under legislation introduced by the Free State Government some months previously any men so taken were liable to be executed on the orders of a Military Court. The men were shot in various locations around the new State:



The men executed in Athlone were Martin Bourke (Caherlistrane, Co. Galway); Thomas Hughes (Athlone); Stephen Joyce (Derrymore, Caherlistrane, Co. Galway); Herbert Collins and Michael Walsh (from Derrymore, Caherlistrane, Co. Galway).    


The men executed in Tralee were Michael Brosnan (Ballyfadora, Co. Kerry); James Daly (Killarney); James Hanlon or Hannon (Ardfert, Co. Kerry) and John Clifford. 



The men executed in Limerick were Patrick Hennessy (Clooney, Ennis, Co. Clare) and Cornelius McMahon (Ennis, Co. Clare)