National Army Soldier Michael Monahan


National Army Soldier Michael Monahan (aged 38) of 10 Hackett’s Terrace, Lower Road, Cork (Mallow South Railway Station)

Date of incident: 1 May 1923

Sources: Death Certificate (Fermoy District, Union of Fermoy), 1 May 1923; CE, 2 May 1923; II, 3, 4 May 1923; MSPC/3D50 (Military Archives); Keane (2017), 361, 422-23.


Note: Private Michael Monahan was shot accidentally and killed by Captain J. O’Callaghan at Mallow South railway station on 1 May 1923. See MSPC/3D50 (Military Archives). Monahan ‘had been dead about two hours on admission’ to the Mercy Hospital in Cork city. See CE, 2 May 1923. According to the Irish Independent, Monahan ‘was one of the guard on an armoured train operating between Cork and Mallow and was killed by the discharge of a rifle. He was formerly a resident of the Lower Road [in Cork city].’ See II, 4 May 1923. In civilian life Monahan had been employed as a guard on the Great Southern and Western Railway. In the National Army he had been a member of the Railway Protection and Maintenance Corps. His widow Anne Monahan was awarded a weekly allowance of 17s. 6d. during her widowhood. She was also granted a weekly allowance of 5s. for her son until August 1933. Payments were later made from army funds to defray the expenses of Anne Monahan’s time as a patient in the Cork Mental Hospital. See MSPC/3D50.

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