SEAN TREACY (1895-1920)

SEAN TREACY (1895-1920) WAS BORN ON 14 FEB 1895 IN SOLOHEADBEG, CO. TIPPERARY, SON OF DENIS TREACY AND BRIDGET ALLIS. FROM AN EARLY AGE, SEÁN HAD NATIONALIST LEANINGS, AND IN HIS TEENS, HE JOINED THE IRISH REPUBLICAN BROTHERHOOD (IRB), WHICH LATER EVOLVED INTO THE IRISH REPUBLICAN ARMY (IRA). IN AUGUST 1917, SEÁN WAS ARRESTED AND SPENT TWO MONTHS IN JAIL. THE FOLLOWING YEAR HE WAS REARRESTED AND SPENT FOUR MONTHS IN JAIL. THEN ON 21 JANUARY 1919, ALONG WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE IRA’S THIRD TIPPERARY BRIGADE, INCLUDING DAN BREEN, SEÁN TOOK PART IN THE SOLOHEADBEG AMBUSH IN WHICH THREE MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY, WHO WERE ESCORTING A TRANSPORTATION OF EXPLOSIVES, WERE WAYLAID AND SHOT DEAD. THIS WAS THE FIRST MILITARY INCIDENT OF THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE. A FEW MONTHS LATER, IN CO. LIMERICK, SEÁN WAS SERIOUSLY WOUNDED IN A SUCCESSFUL ATTEMPT TO FREE AN I.R.A. PRISONER WHO WAS BEING ESCORTED TO JAIL. HE RECOVERED, AND THROUGHOUT THE LATTER HALF OF 1919 AND MOST OF 1920, HE LED ATTACKS AGAINST THE BRITISH IN DUBLIN AND CO. TIPPERARY. BUT ON 14 OCTOBER 1920, IN TALBOT ST. IN DUBLIN, HE WAS RECOGNISED BY A POLICE DETECTIVE, AND IN THE ENSUING GUNFIGHT, SEÁN WAS KILLED IN FRONT OF THE ‘REPUBLICAN OUTFITTERS’ AT NO. 94 TALBOT STREET. A SMALL BRONZE SHIELD ABOVE THE DOOR COMMEMORATES THE SPOT.

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