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 Febuary 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, Big Con Meaney went on to represent our area in Dail Eireann Sonny Meaney was Con Meaney’s first cousin, who lived in Coolenaree of the others I don’t know.


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


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;

Ancestry Profile



Thomas James Deegan
RIC Millstreet

There’s an interesting article on the RIC Facebook page  on one RIC member Thomas Deegan who was in Millstreet Barracks until it was disbanded :

“After years of wanting to visit the archive centre at Kew I eventually did it yesterday. My grand father and great grandfather were RIC constables. My great grandfather Thomas Deegan 29408 was appointed 12.4.1864. He was 5ft 111/2ins, from Queens County and aged 20. He was pensioned off 1st Aug. 1879 at the age of 35 after 15 years 3 month service in the Dublin Docks. After being pensioned off Thomas Deegan became a bank messenger and later lived above a bank on the North Wall, Dublin.
Thomas James Deegan 63563 was born in Common Street, Dublin 4th Nov 1881. He was appointed to the RIC on 16 Dec 1907 and discharged by being pronounced unfit by the Surgeon on 18 Dec 1907. He was appointed again on 23 April 1908. He was initially stationed in Wexford. The RIC stayed in a large house/post office near to Bridgetown. On the 1/10/1915 he was moved to Cork W.R. and he worked and lived in Millstreet. He remained there until the RIC was disbanded 07/04/1922. Because of the hostility towards the RIC at this time he was moved to Stamford, England and lived in Rutland Road. My father recalls other former RIC constables living in the same street.”

It was posted by James’ grandson Ron Deegan, who also posted a photo of James with his wife Ellen (Walsh from Sweet Mount, Bridgetown, Wexford), and their four children [ref].



Another of Thomas Deegan’s grandchildren Holly Andreosso “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 photos on the Forgotten Ireland FB page.


“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]

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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