On this Day: 1919, the 2nd North Cork Brigade IRA was formed

On this day January 6th, 1919 – A day after 3rd West Cork Brigade was formed, the 2nd North Cork Brigade IRA was born. Liam Lynch was appointed Brigade Commandant. The brigade’s 7 battalions were: Fermoy 1st; Mallow 2nd; Castletownroche 3rd; Charville 4th; Newmarket 5th; Kanturk 6th; & Millstreet 7th.

The Companies in the Millstreet 7th battalion were:- Millstreet, Rathduane, Cullen, Drishane, Dooneen, Rathcoole, Derrynagree, Kilcorney, Mushera.

The usual training went on at this time and there was occasionally a little target practice with .22 rifle when the ammunition could be procured. About this time, the various companies in the battalion occasionally assembled on Sunday evenings for combined exercises – moving across country in extended order, scouting. Units were often called out at night and sent on cross country exercises. [1]

The officers of the battalion were:- O/C – Con J Meaney
Vice O/C – Denis O’Brien;
Adjutant Jerh,Crowley;
Q/M – Denis Galvin;
The officers of the new brigade were:
O/C – Liam Lynch (Fermoy);
Vice O/C – Dan Hegarty, Mallow;
Adjuant – Tom Barry, Glanworth;
Q/M – George Power, Fermoy


[1] Witness Statement of Humphery O’Donoghue – from the Bureau of Military History

see also:

* The Timeline of the activities of the second brigade

* THE ‘BOYS’OF THE MILLSTREET BATTALION AREA – Some personal accounts of the Irish War of Independence – by the Aubane Historical Society

4 thoughts on “On this Day: 1919, the 2nd North Cork Brigade IRA was formed”

  1. A Chara,
    Recently I received a query about a Liam/William/Bill O Brien who is mentioned on the Rep. monument in Newmarket. It seems he was killed in or near Tipp Town. I’ve no data on him. Could you please enlighten me about him – or point me in the direction of finding it.
    Beir bua,
    Kevin O Reilly.
    Sec. Third Tipp Brigade Old IRA Commemoration Committee.

  2. Does any one have any information on a Fermoy volunteer called Michael Joseph Casey from Clancy Street, Fermoy? He was arrested by the Brits in June 1920 for cutting the telegraph wires and raising the tricolour in the Square, Fermoy, and subsequently imprisoned on Spike Island.

    1. Hey! Rebels! What kept ye? Our Third Tipperary Brigade had already reignited the War of Independence at Soloheadbeg four days ago! But, anyway, we do appreciate your efforts, late though they were

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