Seán Cole and Alfie Colley, who were both from Dublin’s north inner-city, were senior officers in the Dublin Fianna. In August 1922, they were captured by Free State troops and taken to a field at the Thatch in Whitehall and executed. This was no random act or isolated incident, rather it was Free State government policy, enacted days after Michael Collins was killed at Béal na mBláth.

Some weeks after the executions in Whitehall, a similar fate befell three Fianna volunteers from Drumcondra, who were arrested while pasting up posters along Clonliffe Road. The bullet riddled bodies of Edwin Hughes, Joseph Rogers and Brendan Holohan were subsequently dumped in Clondalkin.

“You can kill the revolutionary, but you can’t kill the revolution.”

POSTED ON BEHALF OF :  Mick Vearnals

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