Volunteer Patrick Starr

Volunteer Patrick Starr (aged about 21) of Silver Street, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary (Knockanevin/Shraharla near Mitchelstown)

Date of incident: 1 May 1921

Sources: CE, 3, 4, 7 May 1921; Denis Noonan’s WS 992, 13-14 (BMH); Daniel F. O’Shaughnessy’s WS 1435, 87-95; Appendix B, 2-6 (BMH); Morgan Portley’s WS 1559, 30-31 (BMH); Last Post (1976), 85; Jordan (2004), 97; Shraharla IRA Memorial.

Note: In an abortive ambush of crown forces at Knockanevin, about 4 miles north-east of Kildorrery, the IRA suffered serious losses. Two Volunteers were reportedly killed and two wounded, with five more taken prisoner. See CE, 3 May 1921. It soon became clear that Patrick Starr, one of the twin sons of the Nenagh bootmaker Thomas Starr and his wife Bridget, was among the Volunteer casualties at Knockanevin. Starr was initially buried in Kilcrumper Cemetery in Fermoy. On 2 November 1921 his remains were re-interred in the Tyone Graveyard in Nenagh. 

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