Thomas Traynor was born in Cannon’s Quarter, Tullow, a boot maker by
trade but he went on to serve under Eamon de Valera as a member of the Boland Mills
Garrison during Easter Week 1916. He was married with ten children ranging from
5 months to eighteen years. Following the surrender, he was interned in Wakefield
Prison where shared a cell with Seán Mac Eoin, and after his release, refused to
give up the cause and was attached to B Company, 3rd Battalion Dublin Brigade of
the IRA playing an active part in the War of Independence. On March 14, 1921, Traynor
was captured in Pearse Street, Dublin, while in action against a British detachment
of auxiliaries and Black and Tans and was subsequently tried and sentenced to death.
Thomas Traynor was hanged in Mountjoy Prison on the April 25, 1921. A Song has been
written The Ballad of Thomas Traynor in his memory. The original Thomas Traynor
committee in Tullow had 18 dedicated members responsible for fundraising and the
erection of the Thomas Traynor Memorial Statue on the Dublin Road opposite Flynn’s
Garage. The statue was unveiled on 1965 by Traynor’s eldest son Frank Traynor who
travelled from the US for the occasion. The founding members of the Thomas Traynor
committee were Seán Monaghan PC (chairman), William O’Connor (secretary), Seamus
Kavanagh (treasurer), Denis Nolan (assistant secretary), Laurence Murphy (assistant
treasurer), Frank Mallin, Henry Hickey MCC, Joseph Dooley, James McGrath, Patrick
Dawson, Thomas Nolan, Peter Rooney, Patrick Byrne, John Browne, Michael Kenny, Patrick
Hickey, Joseph O’Mara and James Roche.
Kevin was a member of H Co, 1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade. He was captured
after a raid on a military bread lorry at Monks Bakery, on the junction of Church
Street / North King Street on 20 September, 1920 in which three British Soldiers
were killed. He was tried for murder and sentenced to death. His youth provoked
a huge national outcry. Kevin was a first year student in UCD, studying medicine.
He was born at 8 Fleet Street, Dublin, where his father had a dairy business, and
he spent most of his life on the family farm in Carlow. Kevin was the first person
executed during the war of independence..
See Witness Statement
Father John Murphy
Born in 1753, John Murphy went to Seville at the age of 19, to escape
Penal Laws, and to study for the priesthood.
He became curate of Boolavogue, near Enniscorthy, in 1785.Initialli, he was against
the rebelion, especially in the use of violence. However, after the local church
was burned, he changed his stance , and became one of the most inspiring leaders
of the 1798 rising. He organised raids on loyalist strongholds, in order to obtain
arms. He had victories at The Harrow, Camolin, Oulart Hill, Ferns and Enniscorthy
before he was finally defeated by the British at the Battle of Vinegar Hill.