Civilian Michael Downey
Civilian Michael Downey of Glengarriff district (aged about 20), (Pearson’s Bridge, Ballylickey, near Bantry)
Date of incident: 31 Dec. 1922
Sources: Death Certificate (Glengarriff District, Union of Bantry), 31 Dec. 1922; CE, 3 Jan. 1923; Evening Herald, 3 Jan. 1923; SS, 6 Jan. 1923; CW/OPS/04/13 (Military Archives); Keane (2017), 345, 421.
Note: ‘An official report states that irregulars shot a civilian named Downey dead at Pearson’s Bridge near Bantry on the 31st December .’ See CE, 3 Jan. 1922. A very similar report appeared in the Evening Herald: ‘According to an official statement in Cork, an armed party shot dead a civilian named Downey at Pearson’s Bridge near Bantry on December 31.’ See Evening Herald, 3 Jan. 1923. Michael Downey’s death certificate indicates that he was a farmer’s son (aged 20) and that he died of gunshot wounds at Pearson’s Bridge near Bantry on the last day of 1922. See Death Certificate (Glengarriff District, Union of Bantry), 31 Dec. 1922. See also CW/OPS//04/13 (Military Archives).
Michael Downey was in 1911 one the ten children (twelve born) of the farmer James Downey and his wife Mary. Nine of these children (five daughters and four sons), ranging in age from 3 to 17, co-resided in that year with their parents at house 1 in Barnagearagh townland near Glengarriff. Michael Downey (then aged 8) was the third youngest son still at home.