Eoghan Ó’Ceallaigh

The dedication plaque on the Memorial Hall in Lisacul

The dedication plaque on the Memorial Hall in Lisacul

Back in February, we wrote about the plaque on the Memorial Hall and asked if anyone had any information about the men named.

Ceallach has since contacted us to provide the following information:

The Eoghan Ó Ceallaigh whose name is inscribed above the entrance to the Memorial Hall in Lisacul is the Col.-Commdt. Eugene Kelly B.E. whose name is also on the Kilkelly monument. He was Divisional Engineer of the 2nd Battalion of the East Mayo Brigade. If I recall aright, he is mentioned in the Military Archives by comrades, especially in connection with the failed attempt to blow up the barracks in Ballaghadereen.

Eugene was a son of Joe Kelly NT of Meelick School and Bridget McGarry (died 1903), principal of the girls’ school in Lisacul. He grew up in the teacher’s residence opposite Lisacul School. He was shot in Boyle Barracks on 4th June 1922 in what the Coroner’s Court deemed an accident […] the report of the hearing [appeared] in the Roscommon Herald of that week, plus an Appreciation by L.G.M (= Liam Mellowes?).



    • Kelly Quinn on October 2, 2019 at 12:42 am

    Thank you so very much for sharing this information! He is my great uncle, and it is wonderful to get third-party confirmation of all the stories I heard about him. He was apparently an extremely intelligent man and was deeply, deeply loved by his baby sister, my grandmother.

    • Admin on October 3, 2019 at 10:11 am

    You’re very welcome. Have you visited Lisacul to see the plaque? And I can’t recommend the military archives strongly enough – they’re a wonderful resource. http://www.militaryarchives.ie/home

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