“Then At Last I Knew How My Boys’ Odyssey Had Ended”

On Good Friday, 21 April Colm Ó Lochlainn was in charge of a small party of men sent down to Kerry to dismantle the transmitting equipment at the Wireless School near Cahirciveen. On arrival the men took two cars and began their journey.

On the way the two groups were separated along the Kilorglin Road. Ó Lochlainn and Denis Daly waited for the others to arrive but they never came.

Continuing their journey the two men were stopped by a patrol of RIC who informed them that the military were guarding the Wireless School. Realising it was too dangerous the men returned to Killarney.

One month later Ó Lochlainn finally discovered what happened to the three Volunteers travelling in the other car. They had taken a wrong turn and in the darkness and confusion they drove off the pier at Ballykissane. Volunteers Con Keating, Charles Monaghan and Donal Sheehan were all drowned.

Colm Ó Lochlainn was a Captain in the Intelligence Section attached to the Headquarters Staff, Irish Volunteers.

 


Colm Ó Lochlainn was interviewed for 'They Remember 1916' broadcast on Radio Éireann, 3 April 1956. Photograph of Colm Ó Lochlainn (left) courtesy of RTÉ Archives.

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