Dinny Lacey, Tipperary officer

Dinny Lacey and his death.


http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com/2004_01_25_1169andcounting_archive.html (Given that the story was published in separate blog posts, the article is broken up, so you’ll have to scroll down the page to read it all.)

And scroll down nearly to the end of this page to read the rest:

From here:

“Republican activity was high during the troubles at the start of the 20th century. This was due to the many hiding places in the Comeraghs and the willingness of the local population to aid the “Flying Columns”.

Rathgormack was attached to the 3rd Tipperary Brigade at the end of hostilities in 1921 and was known as F Company of the 8th Battalion Carrick-on Suir. There were 30 men in the company. Mothel/D company had 57 men, Clonea/E company had 72 men and Windgap or G company had 30 men. You can read more about those troubled times at Phoenix Publishing.
One of the darkest incidents in the bitter struggle to happen in the Rathgormack area was when the 3rd Tipp. brigade under Dinny Lacey executed District Inspector Gilbert Potter, of the RIC station in Cahir, in response to the execution of Thomas Traynor in April 1921. This event occurred around Coolnahorna and Moonminane. There is further information about the operations of the IRA in the Comeragh area in “The Comeraghs – Refuge of Rebels by Sean and Sile Murphy, though this is probably long out of print.
Upper part of the Nire Valley a favourite haunt of the rebels and venue for a famous meeting of the IRA executive in 1923 attended by De Valera, it signaled the beginning of the end of the Civil War.”

References to two articles about Lacey’s death.

And finally (for now), a couple of songs which mention him by name.

I think it possible that my grandfather may have fought with Dinny Lacey, but I cannot be sure. I do know that, when I told my mother the following story about him, which Seán Fitzpatrick related in his Bureau of Military History statement, she had already heard it.

One night, Dinny Lacey and his men were lying in ambush. Their quarry did not appear, but during the night they were unnerved by an approaching sound. It was like someone walking towards them very deliberately. Lacey shouted at the intruder to identify himself. No answer, and the steps continued.
Lacey again shouted a warning, but no response. Finally, he fired a shot in the direction of the noise. It ceased immediately. On investigation, it was found that Lacey had shot a poor inoffensive donkey.
Seán Fitzpatrick rebuked Lacey for his actions.
“Well, he should have put up his hands!” was the response.

Memorial to Dinny Lacey


3 thoughts on “Dinny Lacey, Tipperary officer

  1. Hold up. What if you have both Aspergers and ME? ISTR reading CFS mothers are 10 times more likely to have autistic kids.

  2. I’m not sure I came across exactly as I wanted to in the comment, but anyway.
    I believe it is possible to have both AS and ME, because I don’t believe the “male brain” theory. Women were automatically excluded from research about Asperger’s for a long time because it was assumed they couldn’t have it. (I was joking with someone who had both that it must feel strange to have a ‘woman’s’ condition and ‘male brain’. :))

  3. Now I’m not sure I understood the comment – I’ll go and read it again.

    Do supercharged brains give rise to autism?

    ‘”I think it’s difficult for people to imagine a reality where sounds hurt your ears and a fluorescent light is like a discotheque”says (autistic person)’

    V. similar for us ME folk though.

    “A study of mathematical giftedness, conducted at Iowa State University by Camilla Persson, found that mathematical giftedness was correlated with being near-sighted, and having an increased incidence of allergies.”

    Huh, and autism is engineer’s disease – maybe the Victorians were right, and teaching maths to girls has overheated our poor brains and given us ME.

    Oh noes!

    Some of the CFS doctors do seem to think there are a lot of similarities between CFS and autism, like Kenny De Meirleir, Michael Goldberg, Rich Van Konynenburg.

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