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The Tragic Death of Constable Patrick Sheahan D.M.P.

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As one stands at O’Connell Bridge, Dublin, looking south along Burg Quay, there is an attractive monument in the centre of the junction of the Quay with Hawkins street. The limestone memorial, with columns and panels honed from pink polished granite, was erected by public subscription to commemorate the bravery of DMP Constable Patrick Sheahan.

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Irish Revenue Police

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by Jim McDonald

Seizure of a private still by the Revenue Police, now disbandedThe illicit distillation of spirit in Ireland has had a long history and even today as far as Northern Ireland is concerned those areas where this trade was practiced still remain the areas of activity.

During the 18th and 19th centuries the sale of this unlawful spirit provided a “cash crop” by which some farmers raised money to pay the farm rent. The landlords were part of this trade because they benefited not only by receiving the due rent but also enjoyed the quality spirit produced. There is also evidence that courts did not actively pursue cases against the distillers.

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Some Unusual Ribbons

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If you come across any of these, buy them - they are RARE.

Rare military medal ribbons

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Recipients of An Bonn Mileata Calmachta - The Military Medal for Gallantry

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by James Scannell

Members of this Society will be aware that An Bonn Mileata Calmachta - The Military Medal for Gallantry is the highest honour in Irish military awards and may be awarded in recognition of the performance of any act of exceptional bravery or gallantry arising out of or associated with, Military Service and involving risk to life and limb. There are 3 classes: with honour, with distinction and with merit. These equate to the former 3 classes (pre December 1984): 1st Class, 2nd Class and 3rd Class.

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Flying Officer Garland, V.C.

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A WW2 Victoria Cross Winner from County Wicklow

by James Scannell

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Flying Officer Garland is one of the 182 Victoria Crosses awarded during World War 2, the first won by the Royal Air Force (R.A.F.) and one of the 8 won by Irishmen during this conflict, for a suicidal attack in May 1940 on the Albert Canal bridges using obsolete aircraft in the face of overwhelming German ground anti-aircraft defences and aircraft operating over these bridges which were essential for maintaining the German advance through Belgium.
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Of Pigs and Planes

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by Michael Sutton

Michael Sutton recalls the day the war came to Campile and how he nearly became a casualty of the German air force.

It was Monday August 26th 1940, the day weekly pig sales were held in the village of Campile Co. Wexford. We locals called it 'Pig Day'. I was 13 years old and off school for the summer holidays. We lived in Dunbrody in the shadow of the Abbey, a mile from Campile. I had gone to the I village with my father who had two fat pigs for sale.

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Mr A.W. Murphy

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Obituary

by Liam Dodd

The death has taken place of Mr. Arthur W. Murphy chairman and managing director of the Cork brewing firm of James J. Murphy and Co. Ltd. Born in Cork 82 years ago, he was the son of the late Mr. Francis J. Murphy, one of the original founders of the firm.

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Lieut.Colonel A.H. Brook

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by Liam Dodd

The death took place at Straffan House Stables, Straffan, Co. Kildare of Lieutenant Colonel Augustine Henry Brooke M.C. He was aged 74. He was the son of the late Sir George Brooke of Summerton, Castleknock Co. Dublin. He was born at The Pickering, Celbridge, Co.Kildare and was educated at Winchester and graduated from Sandhurst Military College.
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A South African War Medal

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by Liam Dodd

A medal with three clasps - "Transvaal", "Orange Free State" and "Cape Colony" - is in the possession of Mr M F Hayes of Victoria Chambers 47 Fleet Street Dublin, who would like to hear from the owner or relatives. 
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Old Soldiers - What Were Their Regiments?

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by Charles Callan & Liam Dodd

The Census taken on the night of Sunday 2nd April 1911 for number 28 Stafford Street (now Wolfe Tone Street), in the parish of Saint Mary's, the parliamentary division of College Green and the poor law union of North Dublin, states that the head of the family was a Patrick Tyrrell and the building was a lodging house with twelve rooms. The number of persons in the house was fifty-seven, of that forty-five were army pensioners, one was an army reservist and they were all boarders. Below is a list of their names, religious denomination, age, particulars as to marriage and where born. None of the pensioned soldiers state what regiment they had served with.

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Major Lane M.C.

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by Liam Dodd

Major Charles Wellington Tremaine Lane M.C. who died of wounds received in action 4th April after serving continuously from the commencement of the war, was the only son of Colonel & Mrs Lane of Rathkenny House County Meath. Born 15th September 1888, educated at Wellington College and Sandhurst out of which he passed high on the list, gazetted to the 7th Dragoon Guards January 1908, served in Egypt, India and West Africa.

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V.C. Officer Killed in Hunting Field

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by Liam Dodd

A shocking fatality occurred in Gloucestershire yesterday in connection with the meet of the North Cotswold Hounds, the victim being Lieutenant Frederick Brooks Dugdale, V.C. 5th Lancers, youngest son of Mr J T Dugdale of Seizincot Moreton-in-the-Marsh. Lieuteant Dugdale was thrown from his horse, which fell on him, crushing him badly.

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Presentation to George Callaghan

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George Callaghan pictured receiving his Honorary Life Members scroll from M.S.O.I. President Peter Sheen at the March 6th Meeting of the Society.


George Callaghan
 

The Permanent Defence Forces Service Medal

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(An Bonn Seirbhise)

by  Eamonn O’Toole

The long service medal for non-commissioned ranks of the regular Defence Forces was instituted on December 13, 1944. It may be awarded after ten years satisfactory service and a bar may be awarded after a further five years continuous service. On November 23, 1983 retrospective legislation permitted the medal to be awarded also to officers, chaplains and members of the Nursing Service for fifteen years service, with a bar for twenty years. All the medals are in bronze alloy, 35mm in diameter.

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The Distinguished Service Medal

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(An Bonn Seirbhise Dearscna)

The Distinguished Service Medal

by Eamonn O’Toole

Continued involvement of Irish troops in United Nations peacekeeping operations and the consequent requirement for awards led the government to create, on February 18, 1964, a medal for distinguished military service.
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Decorations and Medals of the Republic of Ireland Part 1

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The late Eamonn O’Toole, a founding member of MSOI, published a book in 1990 on the subject of the Decorations and Medals of the Republic of Ireland, encompassing Military, Garda and Civilian awards. It is one of very few volumes on the subject.  

The following extract is the first in a regular series which it is hoped will be of interest and assistance to our newer members who do not have access to a copy of the book.

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Soldier Charged with Larceny and Assault

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by Liam Dodd

On Saturday in the Northern Police Court, before Mr. Drury, Thomas Walsh, a Private in the Royal Irish Fusiliers, Portobello Barracks, was charged with the larceny of a bicycle from a factory in Jervis Street and selling it to a cycle dealer at Ormond Quay for £2. He was also charged with assaulting Detective-Officer Byrne (25G) Constable Keogh (166A) and Constable (218D) when being arrested on Friday.

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Alleged False Pretences

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by Liam Dodd

At a special court in Downpatrick, Mr. J. Maguire J.P. remanded in custody Guy Mortimer Fry believed to be a native of Comber and formerly a subaltern in the 7th Dragoon's Guard's on a charge preferred by District-Inspector Loch R.I.C.of obtaining at the Slieve Donard Hotel Newcastle, food and lodging to the value of £2-15-7 and cash to the valve of £1-10-1 by falsely representing himself as Colonel George Fryer 7th Dragoon's Guard's, an officer just returned from France. 

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Freeman's Journal 10th March 1915
 

 

Distinguished Conduct Medal for Athlone Soldier

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Sergeant Albert Charley 42nd Brigade R.F.A. who spent many years in Athlone before the war broke out and who was married to a local girl, is the latest of the batch of Athlone soldiers who have received the Distinguished Conduct Medal.
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McCarthy Brothers Explorers

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by Denis Gimblette

As a follow up to the excellent article in M.S.O.I. Journal February 1997 on Timothy McCarthy of Kinsale by George Callaghan. I would like to add the following information. As a native of Kinsale I was not aware of Tim McCarthy’s exploits but everybody in the area knew of his equally famous brother Mortimer who sailed with Robert Falcon Scott in the Terra Nova.

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Military Funeral in City

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An impressive military funeral was held in the city on Saturday, when the remains of the late General James Henry Bor C.B. C.M.G. Royal Marine Artillery were interred at Dean's Grange cemetery. The remains arrived from Gaulstone House, Coole, County Westmeath, at the Broadstone station at half-past two on Saturday, where they were met by detachments of the 5th Lancers (200 men) Royal Irish Regiment (82 men) Royal Irish Rifles with band (200 men).
 
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