Volunteer Patrick Morrissey


Volunteer Patrick Morrissey (aged about 40) of Lady’s Bridge, Garryvoe (North Infirmary, Cork) 

Date of incident: 8 April 1920

Sources: Death Certificate (Cork No. 4 Urban), 9 April 1920; CE, 9, 12 April 1920; IRA Roll of Honour, Cork No. 1 Brigade (Cork Museum, Fitzgerald Park, Cork); Midleton IRA Memorial, Main Street, Midleton.


Note: Badly wounded on 8 April 1921 in an IRA raid on a house at Pilmore near Youghal, Morrissey died the next day of septicaemia and hemorrhage (resulting from gunshot wounds in the buttocks) at the North Infirmary in Cork city. Those who brought him to the hospital ‘declined to supply his name or address or any particulars concerning the date or the manner in which the wounds had been received’. Some personal details about him emerged at the coroner’s inquest, but the cover name of ‘John Walsh’ was used to conceal his real identity. See CE, 12 April 1920.


A Lady’s Bridge farmer, Morrissey appears under his real name and by date of death (9 April 1920) on the IRA Roll of Honour deposited at the Cork Public Museum in Fitzgerald Park in Cork city. His death certificate stated his age as 28, but according to the 1911 census, Patrick Morrissey (then aged 30) would have been about 40 years old in 1921. He was in 1911 one of three adult children co-resident with their elderly mother, the widowed farmer Nora Morrissey (aged 70) of Ballyhimikin (Garryvoe) in the Ballycotton district.

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