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Canon Sheehan Loop walk

Canon Sheehan Loop, Ballyhoura Mountains Cos. Limerick and Cork


Irish Volunteers 1913 –

August 31, 2014 2 comments

Irish Volunteers – London 1914:
Maurice Sheahan (provisional secretary, London)
Dan Sheehan

“I, Louis P. Noble Joined The Gaelic League In London In Oct. 1908, and started to learn to play the Warpipes in July 1909. I won the Solo Championship of Ireland at the Rotunda in August, 1910. I was then made Pipe Major of the London Irish Pipers Club. In March, 1914 Michael Collins and Maurice Sheahan came to me at the Pipers Club and asked me to take charge of the drilling and instruction of the First Company of the Irish Volunteers then being formed at the German Gymnasium, St. Pancras Road, London, NW. They knew I held a proficiency Certificate for Drill and Musketry from the English Volunteers. I had in my Company men who were to make history in Ireland, I can remember a number of them: Michael Collins, Maurice Sheahan, Sean Hurley, Sean and E. Nunan, Dan Sheehan, M. Cremins, J. O’Brien, Francis Fitzgerald, Con Crowley, Padraig O’Conaire, Joe and Matt Furlong; there were seventy-seven names on my roll. After the split in volunters I carried out training at Highgate Woods and Hammersmith”

Irish Volunteers – Cork members
#143, Christopher Sheehan: 143 Blarney street, 14 Dec 1913
#1216, Jeremiah Sheehan: 86 Barrack Street, 9 June 1914
#1310, John J Sheehan: East Douglas, 13 June 2014
#1330, Jeremiah Sheehan: 155 Bandon Road, 13 June 1914
#1369, J F Sheehan: 2 Ardnagrena, Evergreen, 18 June 1914
#1377, Cornelius Sheehan: Fairhill, 19 June 1914
#1555, Bartholomew Sheehan: 19 Green street, 6 July 1914
Jeremiah Sheehan – section commander, paraded in Cork, Easter Sunday 1916

Good Friday 1916 – four volunteers

“Their responsibility was to signal ashore the German ship the Aud, with Roger Casement aboard and it’s cargo of 20,000 rifles, machine guns and ammunition to arm the Volunteers for the Easter Rising.

However, they never reached their destination. The car in which Monahan, Tom McInerney, Con Keating and Donal Sheehan were travelling overturned, killing Keating and Sheehan outright. While Monahan escaped the car, he later drowned in the River Laune. His body was recovered six months later. McInerney was the only survivor of the crash. ”

Irish Examiner (May 30 2011):
“In what is believed to be one of the first tragedies of the Easter Rising, four days later radio operator Con Keating, of Renard, Cahersiveen, along with Charles Monahan from Belfast and Donal Sheehan from Newcastlewest, drowned when their car took a wrong turning and went off a treacherous pier at Ballykissane near Killorglin, on the night of April 20, hours before Roger Casement was being brought ashore at Banna Strand just miles away.”

Sheehan memorial:

“Donal Sheehan had had an ordinary upbringing. He was born at Ballintubrid, just off the main Limerick-Killarney road a mile and a half west of Newcastle West. Educated locally, he succeeded in the Civil Service examinations and after a period as a bookkeeper in London, returned to Ireland to avoid conscription when the Great War broke out. He worked in Geary’s biscuit factory, beside where Limerick City Hall stands today. He had taught himself Irish from an early age and had been active in Conradh na Gaeilge in London also upon his return home. But, unknown to most, he had also become a volunteer, and rose to the rank of captain under Joseph Plunkett.”