RIC Constable Thomas Cornyn


RIC Constable Thomas Cornyn (aged 35) from County Cavan (Midleton)

Date of incident: 14 May 1921

Sources: Death Certificate (Midleton District 2, Union of Midleton), 14 May 1921; CE, 16 May 1921; Weekly Summary of Outrages against the Police (CO 904/148-50, TNA); Lieutenant-Colonel John M. McCarthy’s WS 883, Appendix, 11-12 (BMH); John Kelleher’s WS 1456, 26 (BMH); Abbott (2000), 238; O’Donoghue (1954, 1986), 326.


Note: Constable Cornyn was killed in a connected series of attacks carried out by members of the Midleton and Lisgoold Companies of the Cork No. 1 Brigade on 14 May 1921 in Midleton. The three IRA men who ambushed Constables Cornyn and Thompson were Volunteers ‘Jackeen’ Aherne and Tom Buckley of the Midleton Company and Tom Riordan of the Lisgoold Company. See John Kelleher’s WS 1456, 23-24 (BMH). Cornyn had served in the RIC for fourteen years. Before joining the force, he had been a farmer.

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