Timeline of the Irish Civil War

Timeline of the Irish Civil War

This is a timeline of the Irish Civil War, which took place between June 1922 and May 1923. It followed the Irish War of Independence (1919–1921), and accompanied the establishment of the Irish Free State as an entity independent from the United Kingdom.

The conflict was waged between two opposing groups of Irish nationalists: the forces of the new Irish Free State, who supported the Anglo-Irish Treaty under which the state was established, and the Republican opposition, for whom the Treaty represented a betrayal of the Irish Republic.

The Government of the Irish Free State (established as a Provisional Government in January 1922 and as a full government in December 1922) was ultimately victorious. The anti-Treaty forces called a ceasefire in April 1923 and ordered their men to "dump arms" in May 1923.

The war involved both conventional warfare (late June–August 1922) when the Free State forces took the major towns and cities, and then a longer period of guerrilla warfare (September 1922–April 1923) as the anti-Treaty forces were gradually brought to a standstill.





  • 18 February – An Anti-Treaty IRA unit under Ernie O'Malley seizes an RIC barracks in Clonmel, taking 40 policemen prisoner and capturing 600 rifles and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
  • Anti-Treaty IRA leader Séamus Robinson closes down the Clonmel Nationalist newspaper over its support for the Treaty. Rory O'Connor has the Freeman's Journal closed down for the same reason.


  • A stand-off occurs in Limerick between 700 pro-treaty IRA men under Michael Brennan and 800 Anti-Treaty IRA fighters under Ernie O'Malley over who will take over the military barracks, which were being abandoned by British troops. After negotiations between the Mayor of Limerick, Stephen M. O'Mara, Anti-Treaty leader Liam Lynch and Pro-Treaty leader Richard Mulcahy, fighting is averted. It is decided that troops from outside Limerick will return to their own areas and that Limerick IRA men would divide the two military garrisons there between pro and Anti-Treaty units. Limerick Corporation will oversee the maintenance of the RIC barracks.
  • More confrontations result over the occupation of former British garrisons at Birr, Renmore and Templemore.
  • 26 March – IRA leaders meet in an "Army Convention" and vote to repudiate the Treaty. They also reject the authority of the Dáil to accept the Treaty and set up their own 16 man "Army Executive", led by Liam Mellows and Rory O'Connor.

See also IRA and the Anglo-Irish Treaty

  • 29 March – Anti-Treaty IRA units in Cork under Sean Hegarty raid the British warship Upnor at sea. They take between 400 and 1,500 rifles, 60 machine guns, 700 handguns and over 25,000 rounds of ammunition, which they then distribute to Anti-Treaty IRA units.
  • The Provisional Government's newly formed National Army takes over the British barracks at Beggar's Bush in Dublin.


  • 14 April – Rory O'Connor, Mellows and others lead 200 Anti-Treaty IRA men in taking over the Four Courts and several other public buildings around Dublin in a show of defiance calculated to provoke a response by the British troops still stationed in Dublin.
  • 20 April – There is 'intense firing' for two hours, starting at midnight, by Anti-Treaty fighters on the Pro-Treaty troops in Dublin stationed at the Provsional Government headquarters in Merrion Square, the Bank of Ireland on College Green, the telephone exchange and City Hall, Dublin. Three people are wounded. The Four Courts Anti-Treaty garrison denies knowledge of the attack.[1]
  • Pro-Treaty Brigadier General Adamson is shot dead by Republicans in Athlone in a dispute over who would occupy the military barracks there.


  • 2 May – Republicans take over the centre of Kilkenny, including the city hall and Kilkenny Castle. The Provisional government sends 200 troops by train from Dublin to dislodge them. Fighting breaks out when the troops from Dublin arrive and there are up to 18 casualties. A truce is then brokered whereby both sides garrison different posts in the town.
  • 3 May – Pro and Anti-Treaty leaders announce a "truce" in the Dáil to try to prevent civil war.
  • 4 May - Pro and Anti Treaty IRA forces clash in Donegal. There is firefight at Buncrana in which two republicans and two civilians are wounded, one fatally.
  • At Newtowncunningham, Donegal, a Free State motor convoy is ambushed by republicans, one Pro treaty soldier is killed ouright and four fatally wounded.[2]
  • 20 May – Michael Collins and Éamon de Valera sign a Pact, in which the pro and Anti-Treaty wings of Sinn Féin would jointly contest the upcoming first election of the new state.
  • There is a fire fight at Gormanston railway station, Meath, between RIC men and Anti-Treaty fighters. One Anti-Treaty officer and one RIC man are killed.[3][4]


The Four Courts, occupied by Anti-Treaty forces in April and scene of the start of the civil war in June.
  • Éamon de Valera repudiates the election pact with Collins.
  • 18 June – Irish general election, 1922 – The Pro-Treaty Sinn Féin party wins the election with 239,193 votes to 133,864 for Anti-Treaty Sinn Féin. A further 247,226 people voted for other parties, all of whom supported the Treaty (except Unionist Party)
  • 22 June – Assassination in London of Henry Hughes Wilson by IRA men in retaliation for attacks on Catholics in Northern Ireland. Research will eventually come to suggest that it was Pro-Treaty leader Michael Collins who ordered the killing, but at the time, Winston Churchill assumes that the Anti-Treaty Four Courts garrison is responsible and warns Collins that if he does not act, British troops will be used to re-take Dublin. The assassins are hanged by the British on 10 August.
  • 27 June – The Four Courts garrison kidnaps Free State General J.J. O'Connell. Collins gives a final ultimatum to the Four Courts garrison to surrender before they are attacked.
  • 28 June – 5 July – Battle of Dublin
  • 28 June – Michael Collins borrows two British 18-pounder field guns to bombard the Four Courts, marking the definitive start of the Civil War.
  • Fighting breaks out in Drogheda between pro and Anti-Treaty units. One man on either side and a woman civilian are killed in a gun battle in the town. Many other civilians including the town's mayor are wounded. The Republicans are left in control of the town. The Anti-Treaty fighters blow up the railway bridge to the south of Drogheda, isolating it from Dublin.[5]
  • An Anti-Treaty fighter is killed in fighting Tipperary town.[6]
  • 29 June – British give Collins two more 18 pounders to increase the bombardment of the Four Courts. Free State troops storm the eastern buildings of the complex, losing 3 dead and 14 wounded.
  • Oscar Traynor leads Anti-Treaty members of the IRA's 1st Dublin Brigade to occupy O'Connell Street in order to help the Four Courts garrison. His men also take up positions in York Street, South Circular Road, Capel Street, Parnell Square and Dolphin's Barn.
  • Skirmish in Listowel County Kerry, Free State troops surrender their arms to Republicans.
  • 30 June – Anti-Treaty commander in the Four Courts, Paddy O'Brien is wounded by shrapnel. Ernie O'Malley assumes command. In the morning there is a truce to remove the wounded. Shortly afterward, a massive explosion destroys the western wing of the Four Courts and the Irish Public Records Office along with it. It is thought to have been caused when fires from the artillery bombardment set off munitions stored there, although Free State troops claim that the building was mined. 20 Free State soldiers are maimed in the blast. O'Malley surrenders the Four Courts when Oscar Traynor sends word that he cannot break through to help them. Members of the IRA Army Executive Liam Mellows, Rory O'Connor, Joe McKelvey and Dick Barret are among the prisoners, but O'Malley himself escapes.
  • A Free State column under Commandant General Sweeney breaks up Anti-Treaty units in County Donegal. There are fire fights at Letterkenny, Buncrana and Bundoran. Casualties are reported, including at least one irregular killed and 200 taken prisoner.[7]
  • Anti-Treaty IRA fighters fire on National Army billets in Tralee, killing one soldier.[8]


  • 1 July – Free State troops take Republican outposts in the south of Dublin city and throw a cordon around their concentration on O'Connell street.Republican outposts at the Swan Hotel on Aungier street and at Harcourt Road and Adelaide Road are cleared by National Army troops equipped with armoured cars and artillery. About 400 Anti-Treaty prisoners are taken in the operation.
  • Anti-Treaty IRA in County Sligo ambush National Army troops at Carrigarat.
  • 2 July – In Dublin, the Republican garrison of thirty men in Moran's hotel on the corner of Gardiner street and Talbot street surrender after being shelled at close range by artillery.
  • Fighting breaks out in Boyle, County Roscommon, when Republicans attack Free State held buildings. Casualties include National Army officer Michael Dockery. Fighting continues in Boyle for three more days.
  • 3 July – Free State soldiers take the side streets around O'Connell street in Dublin, isolating the Republican held buildings there. They also detonate a bomb under the YMCA building held by Republicans, leaving just Oscar Traynor and a little over 100 men holding out in a "Block" of buildings at the northeastern corner of O'Connell street. Traynor evacuates most of his men, leaving just 15 in the "block" under Cathal Brugha. Casualties so far in Dublin are reported as 49 killed and 178 wounded, including combatants, civilians and one British soldier. 400 Republicans are reported taken prisoner[9]
  • A National Army officer is shot dead in Nenagh, County Tipperary, causing the Free State troops to attack Republican held positions in the town. The Republicans retreat, burning the barracks they were holding.
  • 4 July – Frank Aiken, writes to Richard Mulcahy stating the Fourth Northern Division of the IRA would stay neutral, called for an end to the fighting and for the removal of the Oath of Allegiance (Ireland) from the Free State Constitution.
  • In Dublin, Free State troops bring up a field gun to Henry street, within 100 metres of the remaining republican held positions to fire on them at point blank range. Incendiary bombs are also thrown into the "block", which is set ablaze.
  • Ernie O'Malley and 250 Anti-Treaty fighters take Enniscorthy in County Wexford after some fighting. They take the Free State garrison there captive but release them on condition that they do not fight again against Republicans. Seán Moylan and 230 republican troops occupy New Ross.
    Cathal Brugha, Republican leader killed on 5 July 1922 in Dublin
  • A large Free State force takes Drogheda, County Louth. The republicans are based in Millmount Fort, which overlooks the town and also hold the railway station. National Army troops bring up mortars and 18 pounder guns to shell them. After several hours of bombardment, the Anti-Treaty fighters surrender. There is also some fighting at the railway station in the town, which again ends in the surrender of the republicans.[5]
  • Free State troops from the Curragh attack the Republican post at Ballymore Eustace, County Kildare but are beaten off with 3 killed and 8 wounded.[10]
  • 5 July – End of the fighting in Dublin The remainder of Oscar Traynor's Anti-Treaty force in O'Connell street either slips away or surrenders. Republican leader Cathal Brugha is killed outside the Hamman hotel. Anti-Treaty Dublin forces re-group in Blessington.
  • The fighting In Dublin has cost sixty-five combatants killed, of whom 16 are government troops and 49 are Anti-Treaty IRA men, and 280 wounded of whom 122 are Free State soldiers and 158 are Republicans. The civilian casualties are thought to comprise over 250 killed and injured.
  • Republicans abandon Boyle in Roscommon when Seán Mac Eoin arrives with Free State troops and an 18 pounder gun.
  • A battle takes place in Abbeyleix, County Laois. Vol. Christopher McGlynn of the Free State army is killed by a snipers bullet.
  • A firefight takes place between 200 Free State troops and 30 Anti-Treaty fighters at Curraghtown, County Meath. One man on either side is killed before a priest arranges a truce and the republicans surrender. They are held in Trim and Dundalk gaols.[11]
  • 6 July – A Free State expeditionary force is sent to County Wexford to re-take the towns there. It comprises 230 men under Colonel Commandant Keogh, with one field gun and four armoured vehicles.
  • 6 July – Two Anti-Treaty fighters are killed in a skirmish outside a pub in Urlingford.
  • 7 July – Free State troops move south from Dublin and break up the Anti-Treaty concentration at Blessington. They take 60 republican prisoners at Brittas and 13 more at Ballymore Eustace. Oscar Traynor and the main Anti-Treaty force from Dublin abandons Blessington. In exchanges of fire, one man on either side is killed and two Free State troops are wounded.
  • Pro-Treaty forces take Galway, with minimal resistance. One Anti-Treaty IRA captain, Donnellan is killed, five of his men are wounded and 12 captured before Free State troops secure the area. The remaining republican fighters set fire to a number of public buildings before fleeing the city. The National Army takes two killed and more wounded in the operation.
  • 8 July – The Republicans in Wexford abandon Enniscorthy and New Ross.
  • 11 July – Fighting breaks out in Limerick between Pro and Anti-Treaty factions. National Army troops open fire on the Republicans holding the Ordnance Barracks.
  • A Free State soldier is killed in an ambush at Drumkeen, County Donegal.[8]
  • 12 July – 13 Republicans are taken prisoner in fighting in Limerick city.
  • Anti-Treaty forces capture 47 Free State troops in east County Limerick.
  • Free State troops secure Maryborough after a four hour gun battle. Three Anti-Treatyites are killed and two Free State soldiers wounded.
  • 13 July – Republicans take the Free State outpost, the Munster Tavern, in Limerick, but are driven back by armoured cars.
  • Anti-Treaty IRA Mayo unit ambushes Pro-Treaty men at Rockwood, County Sligo, killing five, wounding four and capturing two armoured cars. They then occupy Collooney.
  • One Free State soldier is killed and one fatally wounded in an ambush in Stranarlor, Donegal.
  • A Free State column of 16 is ambushed, taken prisoner and disarmed in County Clare.
  • 14 July – Seán Mac Eoin and 400 Free State troops re-take Collooney, after an artillery bombardment and protracted fire-fight, taking 74 Republican prisoners. Only one man is killed, however, an Anti-Treaty IRA fighter.
  • 15 July – National Army troops assault republican-held Strand Barracks and King John's Castle in Limerick, with armoured cars, grenades, machine gun and mortar fire, but fail to take them. Six Free State troops are killed and five wounded. One Republican is killed and five wounded.
    King John's Castle in Limerick, built in the 13th century, the castle and the adjoining barracks are the scene of heavy fighting from 11 July to 19 July.
  • A skirmish takes place in Kiltimagh, County Mayo. Anti-Treaty fighters attempt to kidnap T. Ruane, Chairman of the Swinford District Council, but a fire-fight breaks out in which Ruane, an Anti-Treaty officer and Free State officer are fatally wounded.
  • National Army troops surround and take Cappard House, County Laois where the local Anti-Treaty forces were billeted. Five Republicans are reported killed.
  • A Free State soldier is killed in an ambush at Gort, County Galway.[8]
  • 16 July – Free State troops take Frank Aiken, who was previously neutral, along with 3-400 of his men from the Fourth Northern Division of the Irish Republican Army, prisoner in Dundalk. Two of Aiken's men are killed.
  • 17 July – Free State general Eoin O'Duffy arrives in Limerick with 1,500 National Army troops, 4 armoured cars and one 18 pounder field gun.
  • Two Anti-Treaty fighters are killed in two separate ambushes in County Kildare.[12]
  • In Galway, the funeral of a soldier killed on the 15th is fired on by republicans, a battalion commandant, Rooney, is killed.
  • 18 July – Free State general John T. Prout arrives in Waterford with 700 troops, one artillery piece and four armoured cars to take the city. His second in command is deposed East Waterford Brigade Commandant Paddy Paul.The Anti-Treaty IRA garrison consists of 2-300 men under George Lennon, Flying Column Leader. The combined Waterford Brigade is under the overall command of Pax Whelan. Prout sets up his gun on Mount Misery (Mercy) and bombards Republican held positions along the River Suir in the city, forcing them to eventually evacuate the military barracks and the post office.
  • 19 July – Fall of Limerick. Free State forces capture the Ordnance Barracks and Castle Barracks in Limerick. The Republicans burn the remaining two barracks they are holding and retreat southwards. Fighting in Limerick has cost the lives of six Free State soldiers and 12 civilians, with a further 87 wounded. The press reports about thirty Anti-Treaty IRA men killed but a recent studies puts their fatalities at just five.[13][14]
  • An 8-man Free State foot patrol is ambushed at Ballinasloe, Galway, one soldier is killed.
  • 20 July – Fall of Waterford Captain Ned O'Brien leads 100 National Army troops in boats in an attack on the quays in Waterford, taking 12 prisoners. Free State troops then cross the river Suir into the city. General Prout brings their field gun down to the Suir Ferry bank to fire at close range into the Anti-Treaty held Post Office, which then surrenders. The Republicans abandon Ballybricken Prison on Friday afternoon the 21st of July escaping to Mt. Congreve in Kilmeadan, the Comeraghs and eventually, Dungarvan where many men of the Flying Column give up the struggle. Lennon resigns 1 August in a letter to First Division O/C Liam Deasy citing disagreements over "tactics employed by our side". Two Free State soldiers have been killed in the fighting in Waterford and 19 wounded. At least one Anti-Treaty fighter is fatally wounded. Five civilians are also killed.[15][16]
  • 23 July – Free State troops under General W.R.E. Murphy take Bruff and Kilmallock in County Limerick. See Battle of Kilmallock
  • 24 July – Republican fighters under Liam Deasy re-take Bruff and take 76 Free State prisoners.
  • Naval landing of 400 Free State troops at Clew Bay, County Mayo. They link up with National Army troops advancing from Castlebar under Seán Mac Eoin and take Westport from the Anti-Treaty forces there.
  • Anti-Treaty IRA fighters ambush a prison train Killurin, County Wexford, freeing its prisoners, 2 Free State soldiers are killed and 7 wounded.
  • Two civilians are shot dead in Dublin when Republican fighters rob a public house.
  • Two girl civilians are shot dead another man critically wounded by Northern Ireland forces along the border with the Free State, near Newry. They had failed to stop when challenged.[15]
  • Two Free State soldiers are killed in Galway, when the car they were driving crashes into a tree laid across the road.
  • 25 July – Republican fighters attack a lorry full of Free State troops at York Street, central Dublin with small arms and grenades. Six civilians are wounded and two men are arrested.
  • 26 July – Free State troops, 350 men under Jerry Ryan, take Golden, County Tipperary.
  • 27 July – Anti-Treaty IRA under Padraig Quinn attack Dundalk, dynamite the prison wall and in fifteen minutes the well-timed operation results in the freeing of republican prisoners, including Frank Aiken. In an ambush at nearby CCastletown Cross, two Free State soldiers are wounded, one fatally.[17]
  • 2 Free State soldiers were killed in ambushes in Galway and 2 more in another ambush in Glenties in Donegal.
  • Oscar Traynor, commander of the Anti-Treaty IRA's Dublin Brigade, is arrested by Free State troops in Dublin.
  • Three National Army soldiers were killed in fighting near Kilmallock. Republican casualties were not reported.
  • 28 July – Ambush of National Army troops by Anti-Treaty IRA at Tonduff, Abbeyleix, on the main road to Maryborough, County Laois. A mine is exploded and fire is exchanged, Vol. Grace from Mountrath is killed while retrieving his rifle from the road. Brigadier Mick Gray is wounded. In the rounding up operation, 21 Republicans are taken prisoner but two Free State officers, Comdt. General Austin McCurtin and Comdt. Seán (Jack) Collison are killed.
  • Two Free State soldiers are killed in an ambush on the road from Killorglin to Tralee in Kerry.
  • 29 July – About 400 Republicans attack Golden, Tipperary, but fail to take it and two of their men are killed.[18] Their armoured car is knocked out by artillery and the National Army takes 26 prisoners.
  • 30 July – Free State troops take Bruree, County Limerick. The Dublin Guard supported by artillery, attacks the village for five hours before the Anti-Treaty IRA retreats. At least 13 Free State soldiers and 9 Anti-Treaty fighters are killed in the action and more are wounded.
  • Two Free State soldiers are killed in a skirmish in Mayo.
  • 31 July – Anti-Treaty activist Harry Boland is shot by Free State troops as he is being arrested in Skerries, near Dublin. He dies on August 2.
  • Free State troops under Paddy O'Connor attack Republican held Tipperary town. Fighting continues for two days in which four Free State troops are killed and three wounded. Forty Four Republican prisoners are taken.
  • Free State general Seán Mac Eoin reports to Michael Collins, “In the Midlands Divisions all posts and positions of military value are in our hands.”
  • Late July – Anti-Treaty IRA in Dublin ambushes and destroys an armoured train in Inchicore.
  • Anti-Treaty IRA in Raheen, County Limerick ambushes Free State troops – 2 Colonels killed; 2nd Lt Michael Joe Costello and another officer turn ambush which results in capture of 30 of ambushers. Costello is promoted by Michael Collins to Colonel-Commandant at the age of 18.
  • Two Free State troops are killed in an ambush at Sugnagillow, Donegal. Another two are killed near Newport, County Mayo.


Michael Collins, in his uniform as National Army Commander-in-Chief at President Griffith's funeral, one week before his own death
  • 2 August – Naval Landing of Free State troops in County Kerry. Paddy Daly and the Dublin Guard, as well as others, a total of about 800, land at Fenit. They fight their way to Tralee at a cost of 9 killed and 35 wounded. Two Republican fighters are killed in the fighting and more are wounded. The remainder retreat.
  • Republican forces under Liam Deasy attack Bruree, County Limerick with three armoured cars, trying to re-take it from the Free State troops but their attack is beaten off.
  • Republicans abandon Tipperary town and retreat to Clonmel; it is then occupied by National Army troops under Paddy O'Connor.
  • Fighting around Carrick on Suir between 600 National Army troops under General Prout and 400 Republicans under Dan Breen.
  • 3 August – The Free State forces under General Prout take Carrick on Suir with one man killed and three wounded. Breen's men retreat southwards.
  • National Army commandant Scally is killed in an ambush by Anti-Treaty IRA men between Swinford and Ballina in Mayo.
  • Around 250 pro-treaty IRA men from County Clare are embarked from Kilrush to Tarbert in fishing boats and take Ballylongford and Listowel.
  • 4 August – Republican troops abandon Cashel, County Tipperary.
  • 4 August – 150 Free State troops under Paddy Daly take Castleisland, County Kerry. The Republicans abandon their positions after six shrapnel shells are fired at them from an 18-pounder field gun.
  • Three Free State soldiers, including two commandants, Collison and McCurtain, are killed in a mine and gun attack on a troop lorry.[8]
  • 5 August – About 2,000 Free State troops under Eoin O'Duffy take Kilmallock, County Limerick. The Republicans retreat towards Charleville.
  • Free State Intelligence officers discover from captured the Anti-Treaty officer Liam Clarke that Republicans have planned to destroy all the bridges leading into Dublin. As a result, they capture 104 Anti-Treaty fighters in the act in north County Dublin, including their officer Pat Sweeney, crippling the remnants of the Anti-Treaty IRA in Dublin.
  • A National Army soldier is killed by sniper at Tralee, Kerry.[8]
  • 6 August – Anti-Treaty IRA fighters ambush a Free State provisions column at Knockeen crossroads in Kerry. One National Army officer is killed and several privates are wounded.
  • 7 August – Heavy fighting takes place at Newcastlewest, County Limerick. Free State troops, advancing from Rathkeale, take the town with armoured cars and infantry supported by artillery. During the 12 hour battle, a party of republicans is caught in machine gun fire from one of the Free State armoured cars, taking many casualties. The Republican headquarters is shelled by field guns and they eventually retreat along the Cork road. Press reports say that 12 Anti-Treaty fighters are killed in the action. National Army casualties are reported as, 'less than those of the irregulars.'[19]
  • 7 August – Joe Hudson, Glasthule, Dun Laoire is shot dead in his Garden at the same address by Free State Army officer.
  • 8 August – Free State seaborne landings take place in County Cork. Emmet Dalton and 800 troops, with two artillery pieces and armoured cars, land at Passage West. A further 200 men are put ashore at Youghal and 180 troops land at Glandore. Heavy fighting takes place at Rochestown in Cork, as 200 Anti-Treaty troops try to block the Free State advance on Cork City. Nine National Army and seven Republicans are killed before the Free State troops secure the area.
  • 9 August – There is fighting at Douglas County Cork. The Free State troops take 36 republican prisoners.
  • A National Army soldier is killed in ambush at Ferrycarrig, Wexford.[8]
  • General Prout's Free State column takes Redmondstown, County Kilkenny, with the aid of artillery.
  • 10 August – The Republicans abandon Cork city and burn the barracks they had been holding, including Charles Fort. The National Army takes the city unopposed.
  • General Prout's Free State troops take Clonmel.
  • 11 August – Liam Lynch, the Anti-Treaty IRA's Chief of Staff, abandons Fermoy, the last major republican held town. Lynch issues orders that Republican forces are to abandon the policy of holding towns, and orders them to form flying columns and pursue guerrilla warfare. End of the war's conventional phase.
  • A Free State Naval landing takes place at Kenmare. Commandant Tom "Scarteen" O'Connor (formerly local IRA commander) lands unopposed with 200 pro-treaty men and occupies Rathmore and Millstreet. Kerry operations in August have cost the National Army a total of 11 killed and 114 wounded.
  • 12 August – Free State President Arthur Griffith dies of a stroke. He is replaced by William T. Cosgrave.
  • 14 August – 300 men of the Anti-Treaty IRA 4th Northern Division under Frank Aiken attack Dundalk. They use two mines to breach the walls of the barracks and temporarily take over the town. Four Free State soldiers are killed and fifteen wounded, with two dead and thirty wounded on the Republican side. About 240 Republican prisoners are freed from the prison and 400 rifles are taken. However, Aiken does not try to hold the town and, while in possession of it, calls for a truce in a meeting in the town square.
  • 15 August – Free State troops take Clifden in County Galway without resistance. The Republicans abandon the town and burn the local radio transmitter station.
  • 17 August – Free State troops under Dan Hogan re-occupy Dundalk unopposed. One civilian is killed in the operation.
    The Cross on the bend in the road commemorating where Michael Collins, leader of the Irish Republican Army, was killed on 22 August 1922.
  • Two unarmed National Army medics are shot dead bya sniper at Inisfallen, Kerry.[8]
  • 18 August – A lorry of Free State soldiers is ambushed between Clonmel and Cahir, County Tipperary. Three National Army troops are killed and seven wounded.
  • 18 August – Anti-Treaty fighters attack the Free State barracks in Monaghan town. They are driven off after a half hour gun battle. One National Army lieutenant is killed and three Republicans are wounded. The Republicans also raid the post office in the town, and shoot dead a postman. They get away with £900.
  • Anti-Treaty IRA men attack a Free State patrol on Longford Street, Dublin, one civilian is killed and three more wounded.
  • 19 August – There is a four hour gun battle on the border near Dundalk between pro and Anti-Treaty fighters. The republicans eventually retreat across the border into Northern Ireland where they cannot be followed. Elsewhere, there are renewed attacks on Free State troops in Dublin and the railway bridge at Carrick on Shannon is blown up and destroyed by Republicans.
  • In Kerry, a Free State column is ambushed near Listowell, one soldier is shot dead.
  • In Tipperary, a National Army soldier is shot dead when visiting his family.[8]
  • 20 August – A party of seven Free State troops is ambushed in a car heading from Liscarrol to Kanturk, Cork. One National Army officer is killed, two others wounded and the remainder surrendered with their arms.[20]
  • A lorry of Fre State soldiers is ambush at Blessington, Wicklow. One soldier is killed and five are wounded.[8]
  • 21 August – One Free State soldier is killed in an ambush at Blessington, County Wicklow. Four more are wounded in an ambush near Enniscorthy, County Wexford. Free State troops occupy Bandon and Dunmanway, County Cork without resistance.
  • 22 August – Two National Army soldiers are killed and three wounded in an ambush at Redmondstown, County Kilkenny on the road between Clonmel and Kilkenny. Free State commandant Frank Thornton is also badly wounded in the incident. Three other National Army officers had been captured by the irregulars in the same spot the previous night.[21]
  • A Free State soldier is killed in an ambush of a convoy near Tralee.
  • 22 August – National Army Commander-in-Chief Michael Collins is killed in an ambush by Anti-Treaty republicans at Béal na mBláth, near his family home in County Cork, he is the only fatality of the 45 minute fire fight. Richard Mulcahy takes over as National Army commander in chief. Collins had been pursuing talks with Anti-Treaty leaders Dan Breen, Liam Deasy and others in order to try to stop the fighting. His killing greatly embittered the war and probably prolonged it by several months.
  • The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), a police intelligence unit, is formed to 'be distinct from existing police forces with separate headquarters under direct control of the Minister for Home Affairs.' It was formed from members of the National Army and the Irish Republican Police and is based at Oriel House, Westland Row, Dublin. They consist initially of over 100 heavily armed men and later are 350 strong. Also thirty members of the Squad (a former IRA assassination unit) are established as the Protective Corps, also based at Oriel House, to afford protection to members of the Provisional Government.[22] The Oriel House unit is effectively a counter-insurgency corps and is accused of the assassination of many republicans during the conflict.
  • A Free State soldier is killed in a raid on house at Kilcommin, Kerry.
  • 25 August – A Free State CID Motor Driver is fatally wounded in an attack at Dean's Grange, Dublin.
  • A Free State soldier is shot dead and a barracks burned at Shortcourse, Waterford.
  • 26 August – A Free State convoy of 100 troops is ambushed between Tralee and Killorglin, County Kerry. One officer is killed. The National Army troops are caught in several more ambushes along their line of retreat, taking more casualties.
  • Anti-Treaty fighters ambush Free State troops at Glasson, near Athlone. National Army officer Lieutenant McCormack is killed and several more soldiers are wounded.
  • Fianna Éireann members Seán Cole and Alf Colley and Anti-Treaty IRA member Bernard Daly, are abducted and killed in Dublin by the Criminal Investigation Department CID, police unit based in Oriel House allegedly in revenge for Michael Collins killing, although possibly in retaliation for the death of a CID man the previous day.[23]
  • Two National Army soldiers are killed in an ambush on the road between Nenagh and Limerick.[24]
  • A civilian is killed in an exchange of fire at Whitefriars, Dublin city.
  • 27 August – Three National Army soldiers are killed in ambush near Nenagh, County Tipperary, when a mine is exploded under their lorry and they are fired on by Anti-Treaty fighters. Several more men are injured in the shooting. Another two are killed in a separate mine attack near Bushfield, Tipperary.[8]
  • Anti-Treaty IRA units mount an ambush of Free State troops at Glenflesk, near Killarney, County Kerry. The Free State troops bring up an 18 pounder artillery piece and eventually drive off their attackers. Press reports say that the bodies of 20 Anti-Treaty fighters are found at the scene.
  • A soldier is shot dead in an ambush near Macroom, Cork.
  • Two Anti-Treaty IRA men are captured in Tralee, Kerry and shot by Free State troops. One of them, James Healy, survives and escapes.
  • Free State troops assault an Anti-Treaty IRA position at Convent hill, near Newport, County Mayo. They are repulsed with seven men wounded.
  • 29 August – Six Free State soldiers are killed in three separate ambushes. Two in Tullamore, and one in Macroom, and two in an ambush and firefight between Kilrglin and Tralee in County Kerry. An attack is also made on Clonakilty in which one Free State officer is killed. Three Republican fighters are reported killed in fighting in Cork.[25]
  • In Marybourogh Jail, where 600 Anti-Treaty prisoners are being held, the republicans riot and set fire to their cells.[25]
  • 30 August – Anti-Treaty IRA attack Bantry in western County Cork for several hours. They withdraw after losing four officers and more men killed. Four National Army soldiers are also killed and two wounded in the attack.[26]
  • In north Cork, near Millstreet, two lorries of Free State troops are ambushed by IRA Cork 1 Brigade members. Two Anti-Treaty fighters are kiled andtwo wounded. Five Free State troops are wounded.[27]
  • 31 August – The Anti-Treaty IRA mounts gun and grenade attacks on National Army soldiers at Stephen's Green, Dublin. In Cork, there is an exchange of fire between Free State troops and Anti-Treaty snipers. One Republican is killed by machine gun fire.
  • August – republicans blow up the railway bridge over the river Blackwater at Mallow, County Cork, disabling the rail line between Cork and Dublin.
  • August – Two Republicans are taken from a car in Drumcondra in Dublin and shot dead. Their bodies are left on the street. A British soldier on the scene reported that the car contained three men in "Provisional Government uniform" and three more in trench coats – presumed to be from the CID intelligence unit.
  • Three unarmed Free State soldiers are shot at Glasson, near Athlone. One is killed.


  • 2 September – Republicans attack Macroom, County Cork with men and a captured armoured car. They withdraw after a seven-hour fire fight.
  • 2 September – Republicans attack National Army troops while they are drilling in front of the City Club in Cork city. They drive up in a lorry and open machine-gun fire on the Free State troops, killing two and injuring six.
  • 2 September – Two National Army soldiers are killed in an ambush at Watergrass Hill, County Cork.
  • There are also attacks by Anti-Treaty fighters on Free State troops in Dublin city centre and Tallaght and Rathfarnham in County Dublin. In the city centre ambush, one civilian is killed, and a Free State soldier and a civilian are wounded. Two Free State soldiers are wounded in the attack in Rathfranham and the RIC barracks there is destroyed.
  • Three CID police are shot in an ambush at Dean Grange, Dublin, one later dies.[28]
  • Anti-Treaty IRA members Leo Murray and Rodney Murphy, Deans Grange are shot in their beds at lodge house of Newpark Lodge, Stillorgan, Dublin. Another, John Joe Stephens, Bellek, Fermanagh is taken from his lodgings at 7 Gardiner Place and shot at Naas Road, Dublin, the following day. National Army or CID personnel are assumed to be responsible.
  • 4 September – Anti-Treaty IRA unit under Liam Pilkington takes Dromhaire barracks, County Sligo. Free State garrison there surrenders.
  • 5 September – A secret meeting takes place between Richard Mulcahy and Éamon de Valera, political leader of the Republicans, to try to arrange a truce. However, according to de Valera, they, "couldn't find a basis" of agreement.
  • A large party of Republican fighters attack Carrickmacross barracks, Monaghan. The attack is unsuccessful but one Free State soldier is killed.
  • A Free State soldier is assassinated at Barrack Street, Cork, while visiting his family.[8]
  • 6 September – A Free State column is ambushed outside Kilkelly, County Mayo by Anti-Treaty fighters. The Free State troops have five wounded and claim to have killed seven irregulars.
  • A skirmish takes place in Mitchelstown, Cork. One Anti-Treaty officer is killed and 12 of his men are captured.
  • 8 September – Anti-Treaty fighters attack National Army posts protecting the railway line around Limerick Junction, County Tipperary. One Free State soldier and one republican are killed and several others wounded in the fighting.[29]
  • 9 September – Republicans attack and take Kenmare in County Kerry. A total of 84 Anti-Treaty fighters take over the town and shoot dead local pro-treaty officer Tom "Scarteen" O'Connor" and his brother after taking them prisoner. They take 120 National Army troops in the town prisoner, but later release them. They capture 110 rifles and 20,000 rounds of ammunition. This action allowed the Kerry Anti-Treaty units to pursue a fairly effective guerrilla campaign for the remainder of the war.
  • A British intelligence report states that the Free State intelligence unit, the Crime Investigation Department or CID has, "murdered a number of prominent republicans" in Dublin.
  • Anti-Treaty fighters attack the barracks at Carrickmacross. One Free State soldier is killed and two wounded in the firing.
  • 10 September – Anti-Treaty ambush of Free State troops near Rathmore, County Kerry. Seven National Army soldiers are killed. The Republicans retire after an artillery piece is brought up to fire seven shells at them.
  • Republicans take Tarbert, County Kerry, temporarily, capturing 40 rifles.
  • 11 September – A Free State column travelling from Macroom, Cork, towards towards Kerry, is attacked with a mine on a bridge at Carrigphooka, west Cork. National Army commandant Tom Keogh and eight other soldiers are killed in the blast. A Republican prisoner is shot dead in reprisal by Dublin Guard troops.[30]
  • 12 September – Republicans under Michael Kilroy take Ballina, County Mayo, in a surprise attack while the National Army troops there are at a Mass service for a comrade killed in the fighting. Kilroy's men capture 100 rifles, 20,000 rounds of ammunition and are reported by Free State authorities to have looted £25,000 worth of goods from local shops. Kilroy later admits to drunkenness and indiscipline on behalf of his men. Two civilians are shot dead in the fire-fight between the combatants. The Republicans leave the town when Free State reinforcements arrive. The Republican's armoured car breaks down in the retreat and has to be abandoned.
  • Anti-Treaty IRA attack a lorry of Free State troops in Dublin on the South Circular Road. A grenade misses the lorry and explodes in an adjacent newsagents, killing two civilians, one a 7 year old girl. The Free State soldiers chase the ambushers through the streets man and catch two of them. Both are shot on Bishops Street, allegedly after trying to escape. One, Sean McEvoy, dies.
  • 13 September – The Anti-Treaty IRA in Dublin mounts three separate ambushes of Free State troops at Stephen's Green, Mountjoy Square and O'Connell Bridge in the city centre. The ambushes, consisting of gun and grenade attacks, result in the death of one republican, the injury of another and the serious wounding of three National Army soldiers and three civilians.
  • 14 September – Republicans under Michael Kilroy ambush a Free State convoy near Belderg, County Mayo, killing 4 National Army soldiers and taking 16 prisoners. Another ambush in the Ox Mountains kills up to 15 National Army soldiers, including Brigadier Joe Ring. Republican losses are reported in the press as 10 killed and more wounded, but this may be an overstatement.
  • Drumshambo barracks in County Leitrim is seized by Republicans after successful ambush of National Army troops.
  • A skirmish takes place at Donoughmore, County Cork. Two Anti-Treaty IRA men are killed.[31]
  • Press reports say that a total of six Anti-Treaty and six pro-treaty troops are killed in an ambushes at Blarney.
  • Republican fighters open fire on Free State troops landing by sea at CourtmacSherry in Cork. Three Anti-Treaty fighters and one Free State soldier are killed.
  • Republican activist Timothy Kenefick is abducted from his home in Cork city by Free State troops. He is shot dead and his body is dumped near Macroom. In Killarney, Free State troops break into the houses of six women republicans and paint their bodies green.
  • 15 September – Anti-Treaty fighters attempt to take over the Telephone exchange and Kingsbridge Railway Station in Dublin. They also attack the Wellington and Portobello military barracks. The attacks were driven off by Free State troops after several hours of firing.
  • In Dundalk, the Anti-Treaty IRA made several attacks on Free State troops and took over the power station, cutting off the town's electricity supply. One National Army soldier is killed by a hand grenade in the clashes.
  • The Free State's Lord Chief Justice rules that the country is in a state of war and Habeas Corpus no longer applies. He rejects an application to free two of the 5,000 prisoners taken by National forces since the outbreak of the civil war.
  • 16 September – Michael Kilroy's Anti-Treaty IRA men attack Newport, County Mayo, but fail to take it and withdraw after a day of fighting.
  • 17 September CID Headquarters – Oriel House in Dublin – is stormed and a CID officer is shot dead by Anti-Treaty IRA. There is a fire fight on Mount street bridge as the IRA party makes its getaway. Republican fighter Patrick Mannion is shot in the head by Free State troops as he lies wounded.
  • An ambush is mounted on Stephens Green in central Dublin. One civilian is killed in the crossfire.
  • 18 September, three National Army troops are killed in an ambush near Nenagh, Tipperary as they were about to enter a Church for Mass.[32]
  • 19 September – Republican fighter Bertie Murphy is shot dead in Kilarney, County Kerry, by National Army troops in reprisal for ambushes in the area.
  • 19 September – Seán Mac Eoin begins a Free State sweep of northern County Sligo to clear it of Anti-Treaty guerrillas. The operation is largely successful. By the end of the operation, Free State forces are in control of all the towns in County Sligo and the conflict there becomes a low level guerrilla affair. 54 people are killed in the county during the entire civil war, 22 Free State troops, 21 Republicans and 11 civilians. Of these, all but 8 have been killed by the end of September 1922.[33] During MacEoin's operation, a Republican column, including an armoured car, is cornered north of Sligo town. The car is put out of action and six republicans flee up the slopes of Ben Bulben mountain. All six are killed by the pursuing Free State troops, four of them, it is alleged, are killed after surrendering. Among those killed is Brian MacNeill, (son of Eoin MacNeill, founder of the Irish Volunteers), who is shot at close range in the forehead. One National Army sergeant is killed in the operation and 30 Irregulars are taken prisoner.
  • 21 September, Six National Army soldiers are killed in a prolonged engagement with Republican fighters near Ballina in Mayo.[32]
  • 22 September – One National Army soldier is killed and several soldiers and three civilians are injured in a gun and grenade attack by Republicans on Free State troops at noon on Eden Quay, central Dublin.
  • 23 September – Anti-Treaty fighter Michael Neville, is taken from work in Dublin and found shot dead at Killester Cemetery by Pro-Treaty forces.
  • Two Free State soldiers are killed in two separate ambushes in Kerry.
  • The Anti-Treaty IRA mounts three attacks in Dublin. In Drumcondra, 10 civilians are wounded by a grenade thrown at an Army lorry. On Eden Quay, one soldier is killed and three wounded along with four civilians wounded in a gun and grenade attack. On Merchant's Quay, a civilian is killed in another grenade attack.[34]
  • 24 September – the Free State evacuates its garrison at Newport, County Mayo due to the intense guerrilla activity in the area.
  • 27 September – The Free State's Provisional Government puts the "Public Safety Bill" before the Dáil, setting up military courts which allow for the execution of men captured bearing arms against the state and aiding and abetting attacks on state forces. It passes by 48 votes to 18. The Irish Labour Party oppose it.
  • 27 September – About 500 Anti-Treaty IRA men attack Killorglin, County Kerry, led by Seán Hyde. However, they fail to dislodge a pro-treaty garrison of 60 men from Clare who hold the barracks in the town. British Intelligence reports that 23 Republicans are killed in the action and 30 wounded. Anti-Treaty soldier David Robinson admits to 2 killed, 15 wounded and 14 captured. The republicans disperse after 24 hours of fighting, when Free State troops arrive from Tralee.
  • Two Free State soldiers are killed in an ambush at Brennan's Glen, Kerry.
  • 28 September – John Galvin, a republican captured in the Killorglin raid is shot by Free State troops in Tralee and his body dumped in nearby Ballyseedy wood. Galvin had admitted under interrogation to the killing of a National Army officer at Castlemaine. A Free State soldier is also shot dead while on sentry duty at Rathmore courthouse, Kerry.
  • Anti-Treaty forces mount an ambush at Kilfenora, County Clare. One Free State captain, Consadine is killed.
  • The Republican leader Tom Barry, who was captured in the Dublin fighting, escapes from an internment camp in Gormanston, County Dublin.
  • A National Army medical orderly named Lydon is shot dead by a republican sniper as he cycles out of Tralee, Kerry, despite the fact that he is unarmed and wearing a Red Cross armband.
  • September – A Free State garrison at Oldcastle, County Meath is attacked and forced to surrender its weapons. A mine is detonated against their barracks and fire is opened with machine guns. A civilian is killed in the crossfire.[11]
  • September 30, A lorry of Free State troops is attacked with grenades and guns at O'Connell Bridge, central Dublin. One soldier is killed and three wounded. Four civilians are also wounded.


  • 3 October – The Free State offers an amnesty to Anti-Treaty fighters who surrender their arms and recognise the government.
  • There are attacks on Free State troops at Cahir, Tipperary and Omeath, Louth. One officer, Clarke is killed and others wounded. Another soldier is killed near Cashel, Tipperary. The telephone link between Dublin and Dundalk is cut.[35]
  • 4 October – Four Anti-Treaty IRA fighters and one Free State soldier are killed in an action at Upton, County Cork.[36] National Army troops mount a sweep to try and occupy the Republican stronghold around Ballyvourney but meet with "stiff resistance".
  • Two civilian Free State supporters are abducted and killed at Whitescross, County Cork. [37]
  • 6 October – National Army officer Tony Lawlor shoots dead republican prisoner, Patrick Mulrennan during a riot in the prison in Athlone.
  • Anti-Treaty fighters in Tullycrine, County Clare ambush a National Army column. A number of Free State troops and one Anti-Treaty IRA man are killed in the firefight.
  • A number of gun and grenade attacks are carried out by Republican fighters in Dublin. Three people are wounded. In Limerick, Republicans raid the hospital and free six of their prisoners who were being treated there.
  • One Anti-Treaty fighter is killed in action at White's Cross, Cork.[38]
  • 7 October – Charlie Dalton, a National Army intelligence officer, captures three youths (Hughes, Holihan, Rogers) in Dublin putting up republican posters. The next morning they are found shot dead in a ditch in the quarries, Clondalkin.[39]
  • A National Army Lieutenant is found shot in the head on the road near Newtownbarry, Wexford.[8]
  • President Cosgarve's uncle is shot dead as his public house is robbed.
  • 10 October – The Roman Catholic Bishops of Ireland issue a formal statement, supporting the Free State as the lawful and democratic government, denouncing the Anti-Treaty campaign as an unlawful rebellion and denying their fighters access to Holy Communion or Confession.
  • A Free State officer is killed in an ambush between Clonmel and Cahir.
  • Peadar Breslin, a Republican captured after the fall of the Four Courts, is shot dead during an attempt to escape from Mountjoy Prison in Dublin. Three Free State soldiers are also killed in the fire fights during the escape attempts.[32]
  • A senior Free State army officer, Commandant Peter Doyle, of Ballinakill, Marshalstown, is shot in the grounds of St. Aidan’s Cathedral, Enniscorthy, Wexford, by Anti-Treaty I.R.A. after mass. Five girls are injured in the process, two of them seriously.
  • 11 October, Two Free State soldiers are killed in anmbush in Cork, between Dunmanway and Clonakilty.
  • 13 October, A Free State soldier is killed in an ambush of a troop lorry at Ulverton Road, Dalkey, County Dublin.
  • Two Free State soldiers are killed in kerry, one in Rathmore, the other in Abbeydorney.[8]
  • 14 October – An ambush in the Cornmarket area of Dublin leaves three civilians and four Free State soldiers wounded. In a separate ambush near Tralee, one National Army soldier is killed and another wounded.
  • 15 October – The Public Safety Bill comes into effect. The bill called for people to hand over their weapons in a brief amnesty, after which time the possession of arms could be punishable by execution.[40] This led to the summary executions of captured Anti-Treaty fighters.
  • Directives are sent to the press by Free State director of communications, Piaras Beaslai to the effect that; Free State troops are to be referred to as the "National Army", the "Irish Army", or just "troops". The Anti-Treaty side are to called "Irregulars" and are not to be referred to as "Republicans", "IRA", "forces", or "troops", nor are the ranks of their officers allowed to be given. No letters about the treatment of Anti-Treaty prisoners are to be published. The words "attacked, commandeered and arrested" as used to describe their actions are to be replaced by, "fired at, seized and kidnapped".
  • 17 October – An Anti-Treaty force attacks the National Army posts in Charleville, Cork. They claim Two soldiers are killed and one mortally wounded, National Army reports three wounded[41]
  • 19 October - A Free State soldier is killed by sniper near Naas, County Kildare. Another dies in an accidental shooting at Corporation Street, central Dublin.
  • 20 October - A Free State soldier is shot dead while trying to clear a blocked road at Duagh, Kerry. Another is killed the following day at Lawlor's Cross, Kerry.[8]
  • National Army troops raid and capture a bomb making factory at Gerdiner Street, Dublin. A Free State captain, Nicholas Toibin, brother of Liam Toibin is accidentally shot dead by his own troops.[42]
  • 22 October - Two National Army soldiers are killed at Woodhouse County Waterford.[32]
  • 24 October – Three Free State soldiers are killed in an ambush at Graney, County Kildare.[12]
  • Four National Army troops are killed by a land-mine explosion in an ambush by Anti-Treaty forces at Ferrycarrig, County Wexford.[43]
  • A Free State soldier is also killed in Limerick.
  • 25 October – Éamon de Valera, at the request of the IRA Army Executive, sets up a "Republican Cabinet", formed from Anti-Treaty TDs to: "be temporarily the Supreme Executive of the Republic and the State, until such time as the elected Parliament of the Republic can freely assemble, or the people being rid of external aggression are at liberty to decide freely how they are to be governed".
  • Two Free State soldiers are killed, one in a firefight near Abbeydorney, Kerry, the other by a sniper in Dundalk.
  • 29 October – An Anti-Treaty IRA column under Michael Kilroy attacks and takes Clifden, County Galway, capturing 80 Free State soldiers, after a ten hour gun battle. The Irregulars burn the barracks there and take the Free State soldiers rifles before retreating. In a separate incident, a Free State soldier is killed by a landmine.
  • 30 October – National Army troops raid Ballyheigue County Kerry. One Anti-Treaty fighter is killed, allegedly after he had been taken prisoner.
  • Late October - The bodies of four Anti-Treaty IRA men are found in hay stack at Rockview, Delvin, Westmeath. They were killed by their own bomb while trying to blow up a bridge.[44]


  • 1 November – A 20 strong Anti-Treaty IRA column encounters 250 Free State troops at Brockagh Fahy, County Mayo. Six Republicans are captured, one is wounded and another is killed.
  • 2 November – Skirmish near Headford, County Kerry, one Anti-Treaty IRA man and a Free State soldier are killed.
  • 3 November – Tom Powell and his East Mayo Anti-Treaty IRA unit are captured in Ballinrobe, County Mayo.
  • Republicans attack Free State General Richard Mulcahy's official residence adjoining a military barracks in Portobello, Dublin. A grenade is thrown into the house and fire is opened with revolvers before troops from the barracks are mobilised. and One Anti-Treaty fighter is shot dead.[45]
  • 4 November – Ernie O'Malley, Anti-Treaty IRA commander in Dublin, is captured following a shoot out with Free State soldiers on Ailesbury road in Donnybrook. O'Malley is hit over 20 times, but survives. He kills a National Army soldier in the gun fight.
  • Two Free State soldiers are killed by a land mine near Dundalk. Another two are killed in Kerry.
  • Skirmish between National Army and Republican troops under Seán Moylan near Macroom. One Free State soldier is injured. Republican losses are two dead; a section commander Tadhg O'Leary and a volunteer, both IRA West Cork Brigade.[46]
  • 6 November – Republicans attack the National Army barracks at Glanmire, Cork. One civilian is wounded in the crossfire.
  • 8 November – Five people are killed in an attack in Dublin. Anti-Treaty IRA fighters attack Wellington Barracks in Dublin. They open fire with machine guns and rifles from across the Grand Canal on National Army troops drilling on the parade square. In the ensuing firefight, one Free Soldier is killed and fourteen wounded, seven of whom require surgery. Two republicans are killed and six captured, along with a machine gun, by Free State reinforcements rushed from Portobello. Two civilians are killed in the crossfire and many wounded.[47] One of the IRA dead, James Spain, is allegedly executed while unarmed after capture.
  • One Civil Guard is mortally wounded.
  • Anti-Treaty fighters mount an ambush of a Free State cycling patrol near Milltown, Kerry. Two civilians (30 year old Jeremiah McKenna and his mother) are killed in the firing.[48]
  • 9 November – Anti-Treaty fighters in Dublin attack Portobello barracks. One Anti-Treaty fighter is killed.
  • William Ahearne shot as an alleged spy by the Anti-Treaty IRA and dumped in Bishopstown, Cork.
  • A Free State sergeant is accidentally shot by a sentry in Cahersiveen, Kerry.
  • There are simultaneous night attacks on Wellington and Portobello barracks in Dubin by Anti-Treaty fighters. In 20 minutes of firing, one Free State soldier is hit in the head. Two civilians are found shot dead in Rathmines, near Portobello - it ispresumed killed in the crossfire. [49]
  • 11 November – Republican head of propaganda Robert Erskine Childers is captured by the Free State at the house of Robert Barton in Annamoe, County Wicklow.
  • A civilian is shot dead by Free State patrol on Queen Street, Dublin.
  • 13 November – Free State troops raid Newtownshandrum, County Cork at night, looking for Anti-Treaty fighters. Two are arrested with arms but the troops also fire on a pony and trap, killing civilian Molly Egan[50]
  • 15 November – A seven-man Free State Army patrol, escorting a prisoner is ambushed at Ulverton road, Dalkey, County Dublin. A Free State soldier and a civilian are killed in the action, in which shots are exchanged and two grenades are thrown by the Anti-Treaty fighters.[51]
  • 17 November – Four Anti-Treaty IRA men from Dublin, who were captured with weapons in County Wicklow, are shot by firing squad.
  • 18 November – Four Anti-Treaty IRA fighters are killed when a land mine they are preparing on the Naas road near Dublin explodes prematurely.[52]
  • 19 November – Three more Republican prisoners are executed in Dublin by the Free State.
  • Free State troops fire on a republican rally on O'Connell Street, Dubin that was protesting against the mistreatment of prisoners. One civilian is killed and seven wounded. [53]
  • 21 November - A Free State soldier is killed in an ambush between Tallaght and Clondalkin, Dublin.
  • 23 November – A National Army force surprises Michael Kilroy and the leader of the Mayo Anti-Treaty IRA at Carrowbeg house. In the ensuing fight, 4 Free State soldiers are killed and more are wounded but Kilroy and several of his officers are captured.
  • Free State troops re-take Newport, Mayo, after some resistance by republicans. The Free State troops reportedly took 35 casualties between killed and wounded before the republicans abandoned their positions and the National Army took possession of the town.
  • In the rest of the month of November – Free State troops under Tony Lawlor sweep south and west County Mayo and Connemara for Republican guerrillas. Lawlor reports that 5 of his men were killed in the operation and 9 wounded. He reports the Republican losses as 9 killed, 19 wounded and 23 taken prisoner. Thirty National Army soldiers are also hospitalised as a result of influenza.
  • One Free State soldiers is killed and another badly injured when their truck crashes in Dalkey, Dublin, while driving too fast close to the scene of an ambush on November 15.[51]
  • A Free State soldier is killed by a shotgun blast at Lixnaw, Kerry.[8]
  • 24 November – Former Treaty negotiator Robert Erskine Childers is executed by the Free State, having been captured in possession of a pistol-which, ironically, had been given to Childers by Michael Collins (Irish leader).
  • 25 November – The Anti-Treaty IRA mount an attack at Harcourt Street Dublin. One Anti-Treaty fighter is killed.
  • 29 NOvember - A Free State soldier is killed in an ambush at Rearcross, Limeick.
  • 30 November – In reprisal for the executions, Liam Lynch, Anti-Treaty IRA Commander, issues a general order to his forces to kill members of the Dáil (T.D.s) and senators who had voted for the Emergency Powers legislation. He also orders the killing of hostile judges and newspaper editors.
  • Three Anti-Treaty IRA prisoners are executed by firing squad in Dublin for possession of arms.
  • Anti-Treaty IRA officer Patrick Lynch is killed in a Free State raid on his home in Moyrisk, County Kerry.
  • Two National Army soldiers are killed in an action at Ballinamult, Woodhouse, County Waterford.
  • Anti-Treaty fighters ambush Free State troops near Tubbercurry, County Sligo. Two National Army soldiers are killed.
  • November – members of the South Wexford Brigade I.R.A. (Anti-Treaty) ambush a Lorry near Begerin, Old Ross, carrying Free State soldiers, killing one and wounding seven others.
  • November – In several 'sweep' operations, National Army troops capture over 200 Anti-Treaty fighters (including 8 women) in County Kerry in this month, along with a substantial quantity of arms and explosives.[54]


  • 1 December – After a skirmish on the border of County Kildare and County Meath, the Meath Anti-Treaty IRA column, consisting of 22 men under Paddy Mullally is captured. The Republicans attack a Free State supply column near Leixlip. One Republican and one Free State soldier are killed in the action and three Republicans are wounded. Five of the Anti-Treaty men, who had previously deserted from the National Army, are executed in Dublin on 8 January 1923 for 'treachery'.[11]
  • Several hundred National Army troops mount a major operation in Dublin, setting up checkpoints at all major roads in an effort to halt the daily small scale ambushes in the city. They stop and search all in-coming traffic and male civilians for arms. Three men are found carrying weapons and detained. The military barracks at Tallaght, County Dublin is attacked that night. Four Free State soldiers are wounded by gunfire.
  • Dublin Guard troops end a week of sweeps in Kerry, having raided Rathmore, Killcummin and Barraduff, capturing 39 Anti-Treaty IRA men as well as arms and equipment. A separate sweep in the Currow/Scartaglen area takes another 15 prisoners and 4 more are captured elsewhere in the county.[55]
  • 4 December – A party of 60 Republican fighters ambushes a Free State convoy of two lorries on Drimoleague Road, near Dunmanway in West Cork. One National Army sergeant is killed. The National Army troops call for air support and an aeroplane bombs and machine guns the Anti-Treaty fighters before they disperse. Press reports say they suffered, 'many casualties'.[56]
  • Early December – Kenmare, County Kerry (captured by Republicans on September 9) is re-taken by Free State troops under General Murphy.
  • 6 December – the Irish Free State is formally established by the British House of Commons.
  • National Army troops encounter 80 republicans at Kilcash, County Tipperary occupying a hill top position. A fire fight breaks out that lasts for three hours. Two Republicans are killed, four wounded and eleven captured. The remainder of their column gets way by burning the furze bushes to cover their retreat. Free State troops have three men wounded.
  • 7 December – Former IRA men in the War of Independence and pro-Treaty TD, Seán Hales is shot dead by Anti-Treaty gunmen on Ormonde Quay as he set out for Leinster House. Another TD, Padraic O Maille is also shot and wounded in the incident.
  • One Anti-Treaty fighter is killed in a skirmish in Ballintubber, Kilfinane, in County Limerick.
  • A Free State patrol is ambushed on Harcourt Street, Dublin, one civilian, a waitress in a hotel, is shot dead in the crossfire.
  • 8 December – Anti-Treaty leaders captured in the Four Courts in July, Rory O'Connor, Liam Mellows, Dick Barrett and Joe McKelvey are executed by the Free State in revenge for the killing of Seán Hales. This is an illegal act, as the four were captured before the Dáil passed its emergency legislation.
  • 8 December – Two Anti-Treaty fighters are killed in an action at Kealkil, Cork.
  • 9 December – Republican raid on the barracks in Sligo town. One Free State soldier is killed.
  • 10 December – Anti-Treaty IRA members burn down the house of TD Sean McGarry, his seven-year-old son dies in the blaze.
  • 13 December – 100 Republican fighters under Tom Barry take Carrick on Suir in a surprise attack, capturing 107 rifles, two Lewis guns and two armoured cars. They do not attempt to hold the town however.
  • An Anti-Treaty column of ten men at Moore's Bridge, County Kildare is surprised by a National Army raid and captured. One of the Anti-Treaty men is killed, allegedly due to a beating with rifle butts, though the troops claim he was shot trying to escape. Seven of the others are executed in Dublin on 19 December. They had ambushed a Free State patrol on 25 November and derailed two trains on 11 December.[57]
  • 14 December – Free State garrisons at Thomastown and Mullinavat in County Kilkenny surrender to the Republican column under Tom Barry, which took two other towns the day before. The Free State troops hand over their arms and in some cases join the Republicans.
  • 15 December – 70 Anti-Treaty IRA fighters ambush a Free State patrol between Rathmore and Barraduff. There is a gun battle of several hours, in which one National Army soldier is fatally wounded. The Army claims that the Republicans took "heavy casualties" in the action. The local priest tries to prevent the ambush amd mobilises local people to remove a roadblock. The IRA in response seize his 4 of his cattle.[58]
  • 17 December – the last British troops leave the Free State. They are the remnants of a 5,000 strong garrison maintained up to that point in Dublin, commanded by Nevil Macready.
  • 19 December – Seven Republican fighters, all from County Kildare, are executed in Dublin. They had been captured on 13 December.[57]
  • 20 December, Pro-Treaty politician Seamus Dwyer is shot dead at his shop in Rathmines, Dublin by Anti-Treaty fighters.[59]
  • 22 December – A CID Assistant Inspector is wounded in an attak at Ellis Quay, Dublin and dies of his wounds on 29 December.
  • 23 December – There are gun and grenade attacks on National Army troops in Dublin, one Free State soldier is killed.
  • The Free State releases 300 republican prisoners who are no longer considered a threat to national security.
  • 24 December – A priest in Curragheen, County Kerry, alerts the local Free State garrison to the presence of the local Anti-Treaty guerrilla column at Midnight Mass. 22 of them are captured when National Army troops raid the church.[60]
  • 28 December – Republican Francis Lawlor is abducted by Free State forces in Dublin, killed and his body dumped at Orwell Road, Rathgar.
  • 29 December – Two Anti-Treaty men are executed by the Free State in Kilkenny.
  • A Free State foot patrol is ambushed by an IRA column near Castlegregory, County Kerry. Two soldiers are killed and two wounded. Their post in the village is burned. The National Army in Tralee threaten to execute four republican prisoners in reprisal but after a legal appeal their sentence is commuted to penal servitude[61]
  • There is a bomb planted at CID headquarters at Oriel House, Dublin. One Free State soldier is killed and two wounded in the explosion. Two civilians are also wounded.[62]



  • 4 January – A column of 65 Anti-Treaty fighters from Cork and Kerry IRA units, under Tom Barry, attacks Millstreet, Cork, under cover of darkness. They use 12 machine guns and take three National Army posts in the town, taking 39 prisoners and capturing one Lewis gun and 35 rifles. However they fail to take the main post in the Town Hall, held by 23 Free State soldiers. They withdraw after several hours – one party to Ballyvourney in Cork and the other to the Pap mountains in Kerry. Two Free State soldiers are killed and several more wounded. The National Army reports six Anti-Treaty fatalities and 19 wounded but the Republicans admit to only three wounded.[63]
  • 6 January – Skirmish at Ballyconnell on the Leitrim-Fermanagh border, Anti-Treaty IRA captain Michael Cull killed.
  • 9 January – Anti-Treaty IRA men burn the home of Free State Senator John Philip Bagwell at Marfield, Clonmel, County Tipperary, including the extensive library built up by his father, historian Richard Bagwell.
  • 8 January – Four Republican prisoners are executed in Dublin. One National Army soldier is also shot for "treachery" for complicity in an Anti-Treaty ambush of Free State troops at Leixlip.
  • 10 January – Two Anti-Treaty IRA officers are killed in a skirmish with Free State troops near Spelsherstown, County Wexford.[64]
  • 11 January – 40 Republicans burn the railway station in Sligo town, destroying it and badly damaging seven engines and forty carriages. The Great Southern and Western Railway Company releases a report detailing the damage Anti-Treaty forces have caused to their property over the previous six months; 375 lines damaged, 42 engines derailed, 51 over-bridges and 207 under-bridges destroyed, 83 signal cabins and 13 other buildings destroyed. In the same month, Republicans destroy the railway stations at Ballybunnion and Listowel.
  • 13 January – Three Republican prisoners are executed in Dundalk.
  • 15 January – Five Anti-Treaty IRA men are executed by the Free State. Four are shot in Roscrea in Tipperary, one in Carlow.
  • 16 January – Two republican fighters are killed in a skirmish in Tipperary.
  • 18 January – Republican leader Liam Deasy is captured by Free State troops in the Galtee Mountains. He is not executed after he signs an order calling for men under his command to surrender.
  • 19 January – Republican fighters derail the railway line on the bridge near Ardfert, County Kerry. The train crashes, killing its two drivers.
  • 20 January – Eleven Republican prisoners are executed by the Free State – two in Limerick, four in Tralee and five in Athlone.
  • 22 January – Three Anti-Treaty IRA men are executed in Dundalk, having been captured on January 7.
  • 23 January – Two Republican prisoners are executed in Waterford.
  • 23 January – Two civilian railway drivers are shot in Tralee railway station. One is killed, another is wounded. Republicans are blamed but do not claim the attack. The Railway drivers issue a statement that "neither murder nor intimidation would prevent them from carrying out their duties". Free State soldier Niall Harrington later alleges the culprits were National Army officers.
  • An Anti-Treaty IRA column under Tom McEllistrim and John Joe Sheehy attacks the National Army barracks, containing 60 troops, in Castlemaine, County Kerry. They use an improvised mortar, one of whose rounds makes a direct hit on the barracks. In a subsequent two hour gun battle, one Free State soldier is killed, the town's railway station is burned and the bridge over the river Maine blown up by the Republicans. The National Army reports 4 Anti-Treaty fighters killed.[65]
  • 25 January – One Free State soldier and one Anti-Treaty fighter are killed in two separate skirmishes in Kerry.[66]
  • 26 January – Three men are executed by the Free State in Birr, County Offaly for armed robbery. Although not actually IRA members, having been denied entry on the grounds that they were too young, the three had republican connections and claimed as 'republican soldiers' in an Anti-Treaty communique.[67]
  • 27 January – Two Republican prisoners are executed in Portlaoise. The two are Joseph Byrne and Ptrick Geraghty, commanders of the IRA Offally Brigade. The executions, 'terrorised' the Offaly Anti-Treatyites, who had killed 5 Free State troops up to that point, but killed only 2 after. A total of 22 people are killed in Offaly during the conflict. 8 Free State troops, 11 republicans and 3 civilians.[68]
  • The Free State executes a total of 34 Republican prisoners during this month, bringing the total number executed so far up to 53.
  • 27 January – Anti-Treaty IRA ambush a party of five National Army soldiers at Abbeyfeale, County Kerry. A Captain Coyle is killed and three soldiers wounded. Free State troops pursue the IRA column, killing one of them and wounding another two.[69]
  • 29 January – The Earl of Mayo's house is destroyed and burned by Republicans.
  • 30 January – Free State Senator John Bagwell is kidnapped in Dublin by Anti-Treaty fighters. Senator O'Sullivan's house is also burned in Killarney, Kerry.


  • 1 February – Moore Hall in County Mayo is burned down by Republican guerrillas, because its owner, Maurice Moore is a senator in the Dáil.
  • 4 February – In Shorne, Rathmore, County Kerry, Anti-Treaty IRA fighter Micheal McSweeney is shot dead by Free State troops.
  • 5 February - A party of 50 Anti-Treaty IRA fighters, operating from the Arigna mountains, raid the town of Ballyconnell in County Cavan. They shoot dead two Free State supporters and wounded another man. The Post Office was robbed and car dealership blown up. The raid was inrepresial for the shooting of a Republican named Cull the month before in the town.[70]
  • 8 February – The Free State suspends executions until February 18, offering an amnesty to anyone who surrendered before that day.
  • 9 February – Two Anti-Treaty fighters are killed in a skirmish at Poleberry, County Waterford.[16]
  • 10 February – Republican officer Tom Barry, after contacts with some former IRA comrades on the Free State side, proposes that the Anti-Treaty IRA call a truce. Liam Lynch turns down the idea.
  • 11 February – The Father of Government minister Kevin O'Higgins is shot dead by Republicans at the family home in Stradbally County Laois. The house is also burnt down.
  • 13 February – Two Anti-Treaty men are killed in a raid on their dug out at Currahane Strands, County Kerry.[69]
  • 15 February – Mansion of senator Brian Mahon in Ballymore Eustace, County Kildare is burned down by Anti-Treaty forces. In the remainder of the month, a total of 37 houses of senators are destroyed by the Anti-Treaty IRA. Their owners are mainly big landowners, descendants of the Protestant Ascendancy and many of them were unionists before Irish independence. Oliver St John Gogarty is another prominent victim of house burnings. He also survives an assassination attempt in Dublin.
  • 18 February – Up to 1,000 Free-State troops drawn from Cahir, Cashel, Clonmel and Tipperary town encircle the area around the Glen of Aherlow and move in from all sides simultaneously in pursuit of Republican leader Dinny Lacey[71] and his IRA column, which is billetted in the Glen. Lacey and one of his men[72] are killed and many of his column are captured, having been surprised in two different safe-houses. Three of the Free-State troops are mortally wounded during the attack on the house. Lacey was the head of the IRA's 2nd Southern Division and his death crippled the Republican's cause in the Tipperary/Waterford area.[73]
  • 19 February – Anti-Treaty officer Thomas O'Sullivan, head of the local IRA battalion, is shot dead by Free State troops near Dingle.
  • 21 February – Anti-Treaty IRA attacks income tax offices in Dublin. Attempts are also made to burn Jury's Hotel, but without success. There are also abortive attacks on Merrion Square, Dawson Street, and Lower O'Connell Street. However tax offices are destroyed at Nassau st, Gardiner st and Beresford Place. A total of 75 Republicans are involved in the action, of whom five are captured.
  • 23 February – Free State troops ambushed by Anti-Treaty fighters at Shramore, County Mayo. One National Army soldier and a medical orderly are killed.
  • An Anti-Treaty column is surprised by National Army troops near Cluid, County Galway. One republican is killed and eighteen are captured and sentenced to death. Five of the prisoners are later executed.
  • 26 February – Meeting of Anti-Treaty IRA officers assembles at Ballinageary in County Tipperary. Officers from the First Southern Division report that, "in a short time we would not have a man left owing to the great number of arrests and casualties". Tom Crofts reports that the Cork Brigades have suffered 29 killed and an unknown number captured in recent actions, "if five men are arrested in each area, we are finished". Nevertheless, Liam Lynch takes the opportunity to issue a statement rejecting the possibility of a truce.
  • A National Army soldier is executed in Portlaoise for treachery, having defected to and handed over weapons to the Anti-Treaty IRA.[68]
  • 27 February – National Army troops surprise an Anti-Treaty column in their dug out at Arigna, County Roscommon. Two Anti-Treaty fighters are killed.
  • February – Republicans attack Kenmare, County Kerry, but are driven off.
  • February – Free State troops sweep County Leitrim, searching for a Republican column under Ned Bofin.


Memorial designed by Yann Goulet to the Republican soldiers killed by Free State troops at Ballyseedy, County Kerry in a mass killing of prisoners on 7 March 1923. The month of March was marked by a series of such atrocities in Kerry
  • 2 March – Anti-Treaty IRA officers in North Tipperary, Paddy Ryan Lacken and Seán Gaynor are captured by the Free State.
  • 5 March – A Free state patrol comes upon a 36-man strong Anti-Treaty column about to attack Cahersiveen, County Kerry. The IRA retreat, fighting a rearguard action against pursuing National Army troops through the Garrane mountains. In the running fights, 3 Free State soldiers killed. Two republicans, including one Anti-Treaty engineer (Dan Clifford) are killed, allegedly after being wounded and then falling into the hands of the pro-Treaty troops. Another later died of wounds. The National Army claims that three more Anti-Treaty fighters were killed in the action and carried away by their comrades. Six Anti-Treaty men are captured, five of whom are executed on March 28.[74]
  • 6 March – Five Free State soldiers, including three officers are killed by a booby trap mine while clearing a road in Knocknagoshel, County Kerry. Another soldier is badly wounded. National Army commander Paddy Daly issues a memorandum that Republican prisoners are to be used to clear mined roads from now on.
  • 7 March – Nine Republican prisoners are taken from Ballymullen barracks in Tralee to Ballyseedy Cross, ostensibly to clear a mined road. They are then tied together around the landmine, which is then detonated by National army troops. One man, Stephen Fuller, is blown clear by the blast and survives. The eight other prisoners are killed. All of the dead are from IRA Kerry no 1 Brigade. A riot breaks out in Tralee when the troops bring nine coffins back to the town.[75]
  • A Free State sentry is killed by a sniper outside a barracks in Tralee, Kerry.
  • Con Moloney, Adjutant General of the Anti-Treaty IRA, is captured by Free State troops at the Glen of Aherlow, County Tipperary, in Moore's Wood, Rossadrehid.
  • An Anti-Treaty IRA column is surrounded and captured by Free State troops at Buckagh, Mayo. One IRA man is killed. The remainder are taken to prison in Galway and sentenced to death, but this sentence is not carried out.
  • 8 March – Four more Anti-Treaty IRA prisoners are killed in Kerry by National Army troop from Dublin. They are, as at Ballyseedy the day before, blown up by a mine, ostensibly while clearing a mined road, at Countess Bridge in Killarney. The dead are from IRA Kerry 2 Brigade. One man, Tadhg Coffey, escapes the massacre.[76]
  • 11 March A civilian suspected of republican sympathies is shot dead on Donore Avenue Dublin by Free State Intelligence officers.[77]
  • Kerry, Another Republican prisoner, Seamus Taylor is taken from Kenmare jail to Ballyseedy woods by National Army troops and shot dead.
  • 12 March – Five Republican prisoners (this time from IRA Kerry no. 3 Brigade) are killed at Cahersiveen, Kerry. They are taken from a National Army post in the town at gunpoint by Dublin Guard officers, under protest from the garrison. The prisoners are then shot in the legs to prevent escape and then blown up by a landmine by National Army troops.[78]
  • 13 March – Three Republican prisoners from Wexford IRA units are executed in Wexford town.[79] Two other Republicans are executed, one in Cork and the other in Dublin. The Republican 'government' issues a statement announcing a period of mourning and forbidding all public entertainments such as sporting events while executions of their men continue.
  • 14 March – Two Republicans are executed for their part in a bank robbery in Mullingar.
  • Two National Army soldiers are shot and killed in Dublin. One is seized when unarmed and off duty in Portobello and shot in the head. The other is killed in an exchange of fire when he tries to search two republican fighters near Mountjoy Prison.
  • Anti-Treaty IRA officer Charlie Daly and three other Republican fighters are executed by Free State troops at Drumboe Castle, near Stranorlar in County Donegal where they had been held since January. They are executed in reprisal for the death of a Free State soldier in a nearby ambush the day before.
  • 15 March – Anti-Treaty officer John Kevins killed in Beaufort, County Kerry.
  • A Free State soldier is shot dead near Wellington Barracks, Dublin.
  • 16 March – National Army troops sweep the vicinity of Newport in County Mayo, resulting in some arrests.
  • Anti-Treaty fighters explode a bomb at the Customs and Excise Offices in Dublin. One CID man is killed and another wounded.
  • 17 March – A major boxing match between Mike McTigue and Battling Siki takes place in Dublin city centre, despite the Anti-Treaty prohibition of public entertainments. A battalion of Free State troops guards the fight on Princes street. Anti-Treaty fighters detonate a mine beside the theatre and fire on the spectators after the fight.
  • 23 March – A detachment of National Army troops surrounds a house on Albert Road, Dalkey, County Dublin, which contains six Anti-Treaty fighters. One Free State soldier is killed and two wounded when the house is stormed, one Republican is also killed and another is wounded in the fire fight. The remaining four and a woman civilian are arrested. Some arms and hundreds of rounds of ammunition are seized by the Free State troops.[80] In a separate incident, another Anti-Treaty fighter is killed in Rathmines.
  • March – In retaliation for the execution of three Wexford Republicans on 13 March, Bob Lambert, the local Republican officer, orders the killing of three National Army soldiers captured while drinking at a pub in the county. The soldiers were taken by Anti-Treaty IRA from a Public House at Ballagh, parish of Adamstown. They were taken to the village of Adamstown where they were shot dead later that night or early next morning, on 24 March 1923. A fourth Free State soldier, John Croke, was badly wounded when he was shot in the leg when he resisted the Anti-Treaty IRA as they initially entered the Pub.
  • 24 March – Anti-Treaty IRA executive meets in County Tipperary to discuss the war's future. Tom Barry proposes a motion to end the war, but it is defeated by 6 votes to 5. Éamon de Valera is allowed to attend, after some debate, but is given no voting rights.
  • 25 March – Republican leader in Leitrim, Ned Bofin and many of his men are captured in the Arigna Mountains.
  • Free State soldiers in Wexford shot dead Michael Furlong (of Ballagh) at Oldcourt, in revenge for the previous days killing of three Free State troops as they suspected that he was an Anti-Treaty IRA member (he had fought in the recent Irish War of Independence in the IRA).
  • 27 March – William Johnson of IFS Citizens' Defence Force killed by IFS Lt. Frank Teeling; Teeling found guilty of manslaughter and serves 18 months.
  • 28 March – Five Republicans who were captured in the Anti-Treaty IRA's 5 March attack on Cahersiveen, Kerry are executed by firing squad.
  • 29 March – Anti-Treaty fighter Bobby Bondfield is arrested on St. Stephen's Green in Dublin by W. T. Cosgrave's CID bodyguards. He is shot dead and dumped in Clondalkin.[23]
  • Republicans attempt to burn and lay a land mine in Burton Hall, the home of the Guinness family, one of whom is a senator. The fire fails to ignite and the mine is defused by Free State troops.
  • Press reports that Free State troops have arrested 16 republican fighters around the country.
  • An Anti-Treaty fighter named Murphy is captured near Tralee, Kerry, and then shot dead by Free State troops, his body is found in Knocknagoshel.
  • 30 March, four Anti-Treaty IRA fighters are killed in an in an action in County Wexford, between Wexford town and Enniscorthy. A party of National Army troops was travelling from Wexford to Enniscorthy, heavy machine-gun fire was opened on them, when reinforcements arrived from Wexford Military barracks the fighting had ceased but the reinforcements pursued the attackers, it was during this pursuit that the four men were killed[81]


  • 1 April – Anti-Treaty IRA men ambush a National Army bicycle patrol on Larkin's Road, in County Louth. One man is killed on either side in the engagement.
  • April – National Army troops under General Prout conduct large sweeps of the Knockmealdown Mountains in south Tipperary and Waterford. They have extracted information from Republican prisoners in Dublin that the IRA Executive is in the area. Prominent Anti-Treaty IRA officers captured in the operation include Dan Breen, Todd Andrews, Seán Gaynor and Frank Barrett. Many other rank and file Republicans are also taken prisoner.
  • The Anti-Treaty IRA in Kerry shoot an informer and dump his body near Killorglin. Another civilian informer, a railway worker Cornelius Hannafin, is kidnapped and taken to a remote spot for interrogation.
  • 3 April – Anti-Treaty IRA members Christy Breslin and Joseph Kiernan, are arrested by Free State forces at Georges Street, Dublin and killed at Cabra. Another, James Tierney, is killed later.
  • Two National Army Intelligence officers are abducted while in plainclothes and unarmed near Barne, Tipperary and killed by Anti-Treaty forces. Their bodies are dumped in nearby cemetery.[32]
  • Anti-Treaty Volunteer Jerome Lyons is shot dead whilst under interrogation in Kickham Barracks, Clonmel.
  • 5 April – Senior Republican leaders Tom Derrig and Moss Twomey are captured by Free State troops on Raglan Road, in Ballsbridge, in Dublin.
  • 6 April – In Kerry, Free State troops mount an operation aimed at rescuing Hannafin, an informer held by the Anti-Treaty IRA. They raid a village at Derrynafeana near Carrauntoohil , where he is being held. Two Anti-Treaty fighters are killed in a resulting skirmish and two more captured. The National Army claims a total of nine Anti-Treaty fighters were killed. Most of the IRA column gets away into the mountains. Hannifin is freed. He had previously been made to dig his own grave prior to his imminent execution.[82]
  • 9 April – Anti-Treaty fighters cross the Corrib in boats from Oughterard and attack the Free State Army barracks at Headford, County Galway. They detonate a mine against the wall of the barracks and then open fire. The gun battle continues until Free State reinforcements arrive and the irregulars withdraw. The Free State troops lose two soldiers killed and five wounded. Two republicans are killed and more wounded. More Anti-Treaty men are captured in the aftermath of the attack.
  • 10 April – Liam Lynch, Republican Commander in Chief, is killed in a skirmish with Free State troops in the Knockmealdown mountains in County Tipperary. He and a group of republicans are caught on a hillside armed only with side-arms and Lynch is shot while attempting to flee. Four more senior Republican officers are captured in the incident. This is part of the same sweep that had captured several other senior republicans a few days earlier. Lynch's death is often cited as the effective end of the war.
  • 11 April – Six Republican prisoners are executed by firing squad in Tuam, County Galway.
  • Waterford Anti-Treaty IRA Flying Column Leader Tom Keating is mortally wounded. He is transported in a horse and dray and is denied medical attention. The Dungarvan parish priest permits only one mass to be offered for him.
  • A National Army report states, "Events of the past few days point to the beginning of the end as a far as the irregular campaign is concerned".
  • 13 April – Three republican fighters are surprised and captured in a dug out near Gortaglanna, Kerry. One is shot dead, the other two are taken prisoner.
  • 14 April – Austin Stack, Deputy IRA Chief of Staff, is captured by Free State troops near Ballymacarbry. He is carrying a document accepting a proposal by the Catholic Bishop of Cashel to end the war by calling a ceasefire and dumping arms.
  • 14 April – Free-State forces converge on a ruined castle at Castleblake, County Kilkenny after receiving information that it was being used as a dugout by the Republicans. Free State Lieutenant Kennedy calls on the occupants to surrender and fires three shots through the door. A grenade is thrown from inside the shelter, mortally wounding Lieutenant Kennedy. Free-State troops then rush the building. Two republican fighters(Ned Somers and Theo English) are killed in the firefight and several others captured.[83][84]
  • 15 April – A fire-fight between an Anti-Treaty IRA column and Free State troops takes place at Glenvar, Kerry. The Free State claims that nine Republicans were killed in the action.
  • 18 April – Anti-Treaty IRA column under Timothy Lyons (known as "Aeroplane") is surrounded by Free State troops near Kerry Head. They take refuges in caves on the coast. Two Free State soldiers are killed when they try to storm the cave. After three days siege, landmines are lowered over the cave mouths and exploded, killing three Republicans. Lyons is also drowned in the incident. The remaining IRA men surrender. This is the last significant engagement of the civil war in Kerry. Roughly 180 people have been killed in the county, of whom 85 are Free State troops, 72 are Anti-Treaty fighters and 12 are civilians.[85]
  • 18 April, Six Anti-Treaty fighters are executed in Tuam County Galway.[81]
  • 19 April - Two Anti-Treaty fighters are killed in action at Kealkil, West Cork.[81]
  • 20 April – Frank Aiken is elected IRA Chief of Staff.
  • 21 April – An Anti-Treaty IRA captain, Martin Hogan, is abducted and killed in Dublin, his body is found in Drumcondra.[86]
  • 22 April – Free State troops surround Frank Aiken, Paidrag Quinn and Sean Quinn, the leaders of the Anti-Treaty forces in the Dundalk area, in a safe house in Castlebellingham. A firefight breaks out in which the two Quinns are wounded, Sean mortally and subsequently captured. In the confusion, Aiken manages to slip away.
  • 24 April – Free State troops take a republican prisoner, Daniel Murphy, to Knocknagoshel, where 5 National Army troops had been killed on March 6 and shoot him dead.
  • 25 April – Three Anti-Treaty prisoners are executed in Tralee.
  • 26 April – One Anti-Treaty fighter is executed in Ennis.
  • 30 April – Frank Aiken, new Anti-Treaty IRA Commander, calls a ceasefire.


  • Early May – 12,000 Republicans have been interned by Free State up to this point.
  • First week of May – A major Free State sweep in County Cork takes the last rural areas held by the republicans in the county at Ballyvourney and Ballymakeera. Historian Peter Hart puts the casualties for the civil war in the county at 180 killed and 295 wounded. Of the dead, 70 are National Army, 51 are Anti-Treaty IRA, 28 are civilians and the status of 30 is undetermined.[30]
  • 2 May – Two Republican prisoners are executed in Ennis, County Clare.
  • 14 May – Joint meeting of the Republican Government and IRA Army Executive instructs Aiken to end the war.
  • 15 May – Anti-Treaty IRA column surrounded at Valleymount, County Wicklow. Its leader, Ned Plunkett, is killed and the rest surrender.
  • 24 May – Frank Aiken orders the Anti-Treaty fighters to "dump their arms" and return home. Éamon de Valera supports the order, issuing a statement to Anti-Treaty fighters; "Further sacrifice on your part would now be in vain and the continuance of the struggle in arms unwise in the national interest. Military victory must be allowed to rest for the moment with those who have destroyed the Republic". End of the war.
  • 30 May – Two Republicans are executed in Tuam, County Galway.


  • 22 June – Michael Radford of the South Wexford Brigade I.R.A. (Anti-Treaty) is shot dead by Free State soldiers at Ballybuick, Tomhaggard, Wexford.


  • 3 July – Noel Lemass, Anti-Treaty IRA officer in Dublin, brother of Seán Lemass is abducted by Free State troops and killed. His body is later found in the Wicklow Mountains on October 12.


  • 15 August – Éamon de Valera arrested in Ennis, when he tried to make an election speech. He is imprisoned for over a year at Arbour Hill Prison in Dublin.
  • 17 August – Voting in Irish general election, 1923 takes place. Cumann na nGaedheal win 63 seats; Sinn Féin 44; Independents 16; Farmers 15; Labour 14; and Independent Labour 1. About 415,00 first preference votes were given to Pro-Treatyites and 286,000 to Anti-Treatyites. (64% of the electorate voted.) Some of the Anti-Treaty members elected are still imprisoned.


  • 13 October – A mass Hunger Strike is launched by 424 Republican prisoners in Mountjoy Prison in Dublin in protest at their continued detention after the war's end. The strike is joined by up to 8,000 Republican prisoners in prisons and camps around the country.
  • 29 October – the Oriel House CID is disbanded and its members transferred to the Dublin Metropolitan Police. In April 1925 the DMP was amalgamated with the Garda Síochána. CID was responsible for a number of killings of republicans during the war.


  • 20 November – Republican prisoner Denny Barry dies on hunger strike in Newbridge camp.
  • Two republican prisoners are executed, one each in Athlone and Tralee.
  • 22 November – IRA prisoner Andrew Sullivan dies on hunger strike in Mountjoy prison in Dublin.
  • 23 November – The republican hunger strike is called off. The women prisoners are released but most of the men are detained until the following year.


  • 3 December – One garda is killed.
  • 29 December – Two republicans are executed in Kilkenny.



  • 29 January – One garda is killed.


  • 18 March – Army Mutineers assembled in Dublin. The army council resigned affirming the subservience of the military to the civilian government.[87]
  • 21 March – An attack on British Soldiers/Sailors and civilians at Queenstown Cobh} is mounted by Irregulars with Armored car and firing on HMS Scythe; 1 killed and 23 wounded. See[88]


  • Most of the Republican internees are released.


  • Shots are exchanged between Republicans and Free State troops at the cemetery in Dundalk at the interment of the bodies of six Anti-Treaty fighters executed in January 1923. Several people are hit and one man dies of his wounds.[89]
  • 8 November – A general amnesty is declared for acts committed during the civil war.


Deaths by date

Year No.
June/July 1922 188-218
August 1922 93-123
September 1922 80–123
October 1922 23-25
November 1922 60
December 1922 31
1922 475-561
January 1923 49-59
February 1923 47
March 1923 60-63
April 1923 35-51
May 1923 5
June–December 9
1923 164-234

Total for 1922 and 1923: 639-795.

With additional statistics – fatalities by county available for: Cork 180, Kerry 185, Sligo 54, Offaly 21. Anti Treaty combatants killed in Clare: 28 (no reliable statistics for pro Treaty/Civilians).[90] Pro/Anti Treaty combatants killed between January–June 1922, 9, - 2 in Clare.[91] Casualties in County Kildare, 45 killed. (17 National Army) [92]

Additions,: Kerry + 78, Cork + 120, Sligo + 39, Offaly + 19, Clare + 27, January–June clashes + 7 = 290

Revised total: 929-1085*

A range is given where casualties are reported but not confirmed.

*this is not a definitive total, but rather what could be found in this article.

Status of those killed

Deaths by status of victim
Status No.
Civilian* 86
Pro-Treaty 346
Anti-Treaty 596
unknown status 30
Total 1,058

*Civilian casualties, may be far higher, casualties for the Dublin fighting are given as 250, but it is not clear how many of these were killed and how many wounded.

(Statistics are likely to be incomplete, Free State government sources stated that between 540 and 800 National Army soldiers were killed in the war. Historian Michael Hopkinson, in Green against Green, p272-3, states "There are no means by which to arrive at even approximate figures for the dead and wounded. Mulcahy stated that around 540 pro-Treaty troops were killed between the Treaty's signing and the war's end; the government referred to 800 army deaths between January 1922 and April 1924. There was no record of overall Republican deaths, which appear to have been very much higher. No figure exists for total civilian deaths.")

See also


  1. ^ "Fierce Fighting Rages Over Dublin Buildings". The New York Times. 21 April 1922. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9D06E1DC1739EF3ABC4951DFB2668389639EDE. 
  2. ^ Derry Journal, May 5, 1922
  3. ^ http://www.irishwarmemorials.ie/html/showMemorial.php?show=269
  4. ^ http://www.irishwarmemorials.ie/html/showMemorial.php?show=275
  5. ^ a b [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ "REBELS ARE ROUTED IN DONEGAL TOWNS; Free State Troops Capture Gar- risons at Letterkenney, Buncrana and Cardonagh. ENDS BRIGANDAGE THERE Raiders Had Terrorized the District for Weeks, Frequently Holding Up Trains". The New York Times. 1 July 1922. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9D02E1DD1539EF3ABC4953DFB1668389639EDE. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o http://irishmedals.org/gpage45.html
  9. ^ "FREE STATE TROOPS CLEAR REBEL POSTS IN NIGHT ASSAULTS; Centre of Dublin Subjected to Violent Bombardment at Early Hour This Morning. 400 PRISONERS ARE TAKEN Area Still Held by Rebels is Completely Invested and End Is Expected Today. DE VALERA IN THE DISTRICT Report of His Surrender is Denied-- Reat of Ireland Quiet, but With War Preparations in South. Closing In On All Irregulars. FREE STATE TROOPS CLEAR REBEL POSTS De Valera's Surrender Denied. 400 Prisoners Taken. Republican Leaders on the Scene. Half of Irregular Force Accounted For". The New York Times. 3 July 1922. http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9F05EEDB1039E133A25750C0A9619C946395D6CF. 
  10. ^ Cormac O'Malley, No Surrenders Here - The Civil War papers of Ernie O'Malley, p50
  11. ^ a b c http://www.freewebs.com/duleekmonument/meathhistory19221958.htm
  12. ^ a b http://www.kildare-nationalist.ie/news/story/?trs=cwidojkfql
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