Taking over Millstreet R.I.C. Barracks

L-R: J.O’Neill (representative of Provisional Government); District Inspector E.Egan, R.I.C; Sonnie Meaney, Commandant I.R.A.; J.Lehane; Sean Healy; Mort Callaghan


Taking over Millstreet R.I.C. Barracks appeared in the Kerryman, Saturday 16th March 1935. [ref]

  • But, what was the year? you’d have to suspect 1922, because that was the year the RIC was disbanded and was replaced by the Civic Guard (later called the Garda Síochána) in the Irish Free State and the Royal Ulster Constabulary in Northern Ireland. Probably very early 1922, as it appears that the most RIC stations in Cork had been evacuated by February 23rd 1922 (see the image below from the Irish Independent)
  • What buildings are in the background? They’re probably in the area of the RIC Barracks in the Square (currently the Garda Station and the J.A Hickey’s Hardware Store [map])
  • What became of the men? There is a brief description of Ernest Egan below,  Sonny Meaney was Con Meaney’s first cousin, who lived in Coolenaree of the others I don’t know.


“While no troops have left Ireland for some days a resumption of the exodus is expected immediately. Large quantities of military stores continue to leave Dublin.
All R.I.C. stations in North and North-East Cork, with the exception of Mallow have now been evacuated. The only R.I.C. stations in the whole county are Bandon, Mallow, Cobh, and Haulbowline.
The evacuation of the R.I.C. barracks in Limerick City, announced for yesterday, was posponed till to-day, but a detachment of R.I.C. left for Mullingar. Bruff R.I.C. barracks was handed over to E.Limerick Brigade, I.R.A. thus completing the evacuation of East Limerick by British forces” Irish Independent Thursday, February 23, 1922. [fb]


The R.I.C Barrack in the Square is outlined in red in the above map [GeoHive]

What is now J.A. Hickie’s Hardware Store in the Square, Millstreet, is actually half of the old barrack building in Millstreet [GMaps]




See our notes on the Millstreet Barrack


The granddaughter of Thomas J Deegan, the last Sergeant in Millstreet “Journeyed to Ireland from Canada, in 2015 to find my mother’s actual place of birth, March 13, 1918…this house, known as ‘The Barracks’, Millstreet, Co Cork….”. She posted these on the Forgotten Ireland FB page:


Ernest Arthur Egan was born on 1/4/1891, Albert Street, Sligo, Co. Sligo; 5ft 9inches & 7/8; Roman Catholic; (Sligo Registrar’s District, June Quarter, 1891, vol.2, p. 299); son of John Egan (30/5/1851-15/12/1922), DI RIC & Rose Anne ‘Rosanna’ O’Connor & the brother of Meredith Joseph Egan, DI RIC; he had been a former sergeant major in the army for 4 years & 327 days and a clerk with the Ministry of Labour; he was promoted a 3rd Class District Inspector on 20/9/1921; pensioned 9/5/1922; he died on 28/2/1933 in Fulham, England. – [ref]
allocated to Millstreet on 1st Oct 21;


TODO: move the profile of Ernest Egan to its own page and expand.



2 thoughts on “Taking over Millstreet R.I.C. Barracks”

  1. I have spent years trying to find Sonny Meaney’s grave. Without taking from the contributions of others of that time, it annoyed me to hear the speeches & witness the commemorations of 1916 when no mention was made of him. He was the significant IRA leader in these parts & yet people know nothing of him. I would be delighted if anyone could identify his burial plot, so that honour could be given to him. I know he lived in Lackabane, that he had one daughter who joined the Order of the Sisters of Jesus & I am told that after his death his widow returned to her native Bealnomorrive. I would love to know more.

    1. I would also love to know more about him. He was my Dad’s first cousin. He had one sister, she did not have a family. His mother grew up where I grew up.

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