Next month will see a further release of pension files from Military Archives in Dublin. The files are scanned copies of the applications made for a pension by individuals who were active in IRA, Cumann na mBan or Fianna Éireann over the period from 1913 to 1923, or the families. While the files contain information about the applicant they often include accounts of their activities, names of commanding officers and other bits of data that help put together a bigger picture of what was happening. I’ve mapped the 1540 files in the new release (see bottom of this post) to make them searchable by area and name (just click on the map to get a search window). The locations are approximate and you can find more on the address listed in the release from MSPC listing the files (you can view that here).
The files related to the Belfast Brigade due to be released in October 2019 are listed below and include some prominent names such as Dan Branniff, Mick Carolan, Rory Haskins, David McGuinness and Davy Matthews and span the period from before 1916 to the 1930s (when Matthews was O/C of the Belfast Battalion). They includes files on the IRA, Cumann na mBan and Fianna Éireann in Belfast and cover districts like Ardoyne, the Bone, the Falls, Hannahstown, Carrickhill, Smithfield and Sailortown. It is possible that other files with addresses outside Belfast will also contain information on Belfast Brigade activities.
The files released with Belfast addresses are listed below the map at the end of this post.
To search files that are currently available go to the Military Archives website (see here) and then use the search fields. Files can be quite large but include applications, transcripts of interviews about military service, administrative information, supporting letters and other information.
I’ll put together some updates based on the information in the files when they are released.
The map on the October 2019 release is below. You can see more maps on the Belfast IRA here (including maps of the Irish Volunteers in Belfast in 1916, Belfast Brigade of the 3rd Northern Division, Argenta internees etc and much more). And you can read some more about a book on the period (Facts and Figures of the Belfast Pogrom 1920-1922) in Belfast written by Fr John Hassan and suppressed in 1922 here.
Belfast files in the upcoming October 2019 release:
Boomer, Robert John 23 Clondara Street, Belfast
Branniff, Daniel 16 New Dock Street, Belfast
Carolan, Alphonsus 4 Chief Street, Crumlin Road, Ardoyne, Belfast
Carolan, Andrew 80 Chief Street, Belfast (Address in 1921)
Carolan, Michael 80 Chief Street, Belfast (Address in 1916 and 1920)
Cunningham, Edward 15 Wine Tavern Street, Belfast
Donegan, Benedict 12 Ardmoulin Street, Belfast
Elliott, George 8 Slate Street, Belfast (address in 1923)
Flynn, Thomas 3 Raglan Street, Belfast
Graham, Robert 73 Belmont Church Road, Belfast
Gray, Thomas 21 Earl Street, Belfast
Haskin, Robert Columcille 12 Glen Crescent, Falls Road, Anderstown, Belfast
Heathwood, Thomas 31 Upton Street, Belfast
Hegarty, William 449 Crumlin Road, Belfast
Keenan, John 28 California Street, Belfast
Matthews, David 70 Bombay Street, Belfast
McAlea, Joseph 42 Falls Road, Belfast
McCorry, William Braefoot, Hannastown/Hannahstown, Belfast
McGeown, Brigid 58 Earlscourt Street, Belfast
McGrattan, Peter 51 Walton Street, Crumlin Road, Belfast
McGuinness, David 42 Leoville Street, Belfast
McWhinney, Charles 61 Mill Street, Belfast (address in 1915)
McWhinney, James 118 Upper Library Street, Belfast
McWilliams, Patrick 121 Falls Road, Belfast
Moan, Owen 36 Glenview Street, Belfast
Moore, James Ardoyne, Belfast
Stewart, Charles McCaull 18 Parkview Street, Oldpark Road, Belfast