Post by tommyhetherington on Aug 9, 2008 20:50:43 GMT
Welcome back Helena, Hard to believe but I never spent time in Duncannon with family or Army. Would I be correct in saying you may be able to help me with part of my family history from that area!! Tommy H
Sure with the same blood running through our veins (and me being the oldie!!!) I might be able to answer any questions you have. If not, I am sure my Dad could. He still visits the home place regularly and has just returned from a fortnight holiday there. We had many happy summers spent in Duncannon as I am sure your Mam did too.
Post by tommyhetherington on Aug 10, 2008 22:36:49 GMT
Hi Helena, I am researching my family tree and have gone back to the 1830's on one side and need some help now on the other side I think your dad can get me started. I will contact you soon Thanks tommy H
Hi Mat - Joe Doyle here again I do remember Donal very well indeed a great bunch of guys in the 1st Armoured when i served there Tommy Gurka O Connor was our TROOP Sgt at first then i think Jim McGRATH took over from him our first CS was Tom the Blob Sinnott and then Terry Hall i have some good memories of my time in the curragh .Give my reguards to Donal and keep up the good work , Donal probably knows me better as Dopey Joe.
My Great uncle was imprisioned at the Curragh camp in 1922 and was executed there by the Free State. His name was Jim O'Connor. He was from Bansha, Co Tipp. My grandmother Esther was his sister and married my grandfather, Thomas Griffin. God rest them all. They moved to Clogheen also in Tipp, where we're from... Is there any news about my great uncle and/or the other lads from that execution?
Post by Matt McNamara on Sept 19, 2008 18:58:42 GMT
I don't know if you have seen the article on the site called "Curragh Civil War Executions" by A.J. Mullowney. but your Great Uncle is mentioned in the article. This is the link to the page: www.curragh.info/articles/executions.htm
As the article says, a lot of information on the executions was lost or destroyed after the war. But you can contact Military Archives located in Cathal Brugha Barracks, Rathmines, Dublin 6 and they may be able to help you further.
Hi John Thanks for the Post. The picture below is of an MP in the Glasshouse, taken in the late 1950's.
Do you know him ? Cpl Michael Power is the name and the photo is not in the Gustaf Manual lying on the desk beside me. I have it in a book somewhere in the house and will dig it out in the next few days
This one is somewhere in the Curragh also.
Do you know any of their names ?
All the best
Matt[/quote The Soldier in the picture, taken within the Glasshouse compound, is that of my good friend Michael J Power. Michael had won some shooting competition with the Gustav SMG. Michael, although now residing in his native Tipperary, is in constant communication with me.
Post by rose5mcdonaghtce on Nov 30, 2008 16:59:12 GMT
My Dad's youngest brother John who was fifteen years his junior joined the Army, he did his training in Dublin. When the initial training was over and they were having I suppose their induction interview he arrived into the Officer, he stated his number and then his sir name which was of course Smith, he got no further than that, as this he said seemed to trigger this man off and it went like this. Smith did I hear you right Smith Yes Sir Officer: I hate that f*****g name Theres a b*****d down in the Curragh he's an instructor in the Depot he's a Sgt, you did well to join here, you don't ever want to meet the f****r. Went down there to that kip to do a six week course, that f****r was the instructor. He refused to pass me said I was'nt competent in the use of the weapon, I'll give him f*****g competent, I went to the CO and the f****r agreed with him, I was told if a Senior NCO and instructor thought I had not successfully completed the course I would have to do it again, I had to do another six weeks down there listening to the B*****d. John let him carrry on using all sorts of language to describe this particular Sgt. Eventually he started to calm down and get on with the business of the day, but half way through more or less talking to himself he said theres a rumour going around he got C/S, to which John said its not a rumour it true. He asked how he knew that and John said my mother wrote and told me, herself and my father are delighted for him, he said the look on his face was priceless, he started to apologise without really apologising but John helped him out dropping in the odd sentence about conduct unbecoming of an officer. Rose.
Post by Louis Parminter on Jan 19, 2009 11:16:16 GMT
I served in the 'Glasshouse' following 'posting' from 2nd Grn MP in Dublin (early 1973), then in the Depot MP. 13 years later transferred to the Military College where I worked in the various schools (C&S, Infantry, Admin/I.T.). Now sitting under a Mango Tree in the Philippines where I reside. A member of the Philippine Coast Guard Aux so still wearing a uniform! (hard to break a habit). Regards to all I know there, recognise some poster inc THetherington!
Post by George Jefferies on Feb 5, 2009 1:20:06 GMT
I served in 3rd Batt joined 13 Jan 1961 did a week in McDonagh then trasfered to Connelly Sgt Dick Rochford was our instructor I wish him well where ever he is.I served overseas with 37th Batt O.N.U.C support platoon CComp which was made up of the western command any members of that platoon still around love to make contact after all these years, one I know has passed on to his eternal reward Jim (scoop)O.Brien rip.I have a few photos Mick Tracey,Liam Furlong, Fergie Houlihan are in them with others whos names I cannot remember.I transfered to the tentage section of the odinance corp Kent Bks in 63 did a tentage course on Clancy that year. I remember Sgt Mick Phelan ,Pte Peter Ging John Roche had some good times.I met a friend of mine Aiden McHugh while I was serving in the Naval Service which I joined in 1965 a year after I left the army I am out of the Navy since 1986 having served 22 years.Again would like to make contact.
Welcome to The Curragh forum, it's always nice to hear from any ex-soldiers who have passed through here down through the years. Look forward to reading your memories and if you have any photographs, please send them to me at email@example.com
All the best
And straight I will repair To the Curragh of Kildare For it's there I'll finds tidings of my dear