“Bloody Sunday” in the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection

I found this link on Twitter this anniversary date of Bloody Sunday 21st November 1920. I live in Dublin 4 and am aware there is a history deep in its core that is not spoken about; that is…..until this incredible piece of research appeared on my twitter. Thank you. Michelle Clarke

Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection

Blue icons – operations carried out. Yellow icons – planned/unsuccessful operations

Extracts from James Bird’s sworn statement in support of his military service pension application.


The coordinated operation to attack suspected British intelligence agents on the morning 21 November 1920, known as “Bloody Sunday”, was, to that date, the largest single operation undertaken by the Irish forces in Dublin during the War of Independence. In all sixteen people were killed by the IRA that morning and several others wounded. While primarily an IRA operation in conception and execution, assistance and support was received from members of Cumann na mBan, Na Fianna Éireann and the Irish Citizen Army (ICA). What follows is a listing, by operation location or role, of those individuals whose files are publicly available online in the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection (MSPC) and, who either claimed involvement in the operation themselves, or whose involvement is stated…

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About michelleclarke2015

Life event that changes all: Horse riding accident in Zimbabwe in 1993, a fractured skull et al including bipolar anxiety, chronic fatigue …. co-morbidities (Nietzche 'He who has the reason why can deal with any how' details my health history from 1993 to date). 17th 2017 August operation for breast cancer (no indications just an appointment came from BreastCheck through the Post). Trinity College Dublin Business Economics and Social Studies (but no degree) 1997-2003; UCD 1997/1998 night classes) essays, projects, writings. Trinity Horizon Programme 1997/98 (Centre for Women Studies Trinity College Dublin/St. Patrick's Foundation (Professor McKeon) EU Horizon funded: research study of 15 women (I was one of this group and it became the cornerstone of my journey to now 2017) over 9 mth period diagnosed with depression and their reintegration into society, with special emphasis on work, arts, further education; Notes from time at Trinity Horizon Project 1997/98; Articles written for Irishhealth.com 2003/2004; St Patricks Foundation monthly lecture notes for a specific period in time; Selection of Poetry including poems written by people I know; Quotations 1998-2017; other writings mainly with theme of social justice under the heading Citizen Journalism Ireland. Letters written to friends about life in Zimbabwe; Family history including Michael Comyn KC, my grandfather, my grandmother's family, the O'Donnellan ffrench Blake-Forsters; Moral wrong: An acrimonious divorce but the real injustice was the Catholic Church granting an annulment – you can read it and make your own judgment, I have mine. Topics I have written about include annual Brain Awareness week, Mashonaland Irish Associataion in Zimbabwe, Suicide (a life sentence to those left behind); Nostalgia: Tara Hill, Co. Meath.
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