National Army Soldier Michael Woods


National Army Soldier Michael Woods (aged 22) of 5 Nuns’ Walk, Drogheda, Co. Louth (Ballineen)

Date of incident: 4 Nov. 1922

Sources: Death Certificate (Bandon District, Union of Bandon), 4 Nov. 1922; CE, 6, 7, 10 Nov. 1922; II, 7 Nov. 1922; Belfast Newsletter, 7 Nov. 1922; SS, 11 Nov. 1922; Meath Chronicle, 11 Nov. 122; Anglo-Celt, 11 Nov. 1922; MSPC/2D181 (Military Archives); CW/OPS/04/13 (Military Archives); O’Farrell, Who’s Who, 121; Keane (2017), 320-21, 419; Langton (2019), 318; http://www.irishmedals.ie/National-Army-Killed.php (accessed 2 Aug. 2017).


Note: Private Michael Woods was mortally wounded in the abdomen at O’Donovan’s Hotel in Ballineen during a major engagement lasting about five hours on Saturday, 4 November 1922, and involving two parties of Free State troops, one with two officers and thirty-eight men based at Ballineen and the other with one officer and twenty-five men at Enniskeane. They came under attack from a substantial and determined body of Irregulars, estimated to number ‘two hundred at the least’. There were significant casualties on both sides. Woods died at the Bandon Military Hospital on the same day that he was wounded. His funeral took place in Cork city on 6 November; his remains were then sent by steamer to Dublin for interment there. See Death Certificate (Bandon District, Union of Bandon), 4 Nov. 1922; CE, 6, 7 Nov. 1922; Langton (2019), 318.

Michael Woods was in 1911 one of the four living children (six born) of the Drogheda labourer Patrick Woods and his wife Margaret. All four of these children co-resided with their parents in that year in house 15 on Nuns’ Walk (St. Laurence Gate) in Drogheda. The children included two daughters and two sons ranging in age from 7 to 14. Except for his sister Maggie, Michael Woods was the youngest child (then aged 10).  

Michael Woods had been a private in the Fifteenth Infantry Battalion of the National Army. He had been a textile worker in civilian life. His mother Margaret Woods was initially awarded a gratuity of £25, which was increased on appeal to £100. See MSPC/2D181 (Military Archives).

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