People of the past, who shaped the future

Father John Murphy
View along the river Slaney
Tullow Church
Thomas Traynor

   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 Barry

  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 the 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.