County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland

A Commemoration of “The Raising” Honoring The Tinneny Brothers


L-R Martin McGuinness with daughters Erin and Aoife, and son Philip; Bernie McKeown and son Oisin; Counselor Reilly and Gerard Wallace; Josie Green and Cathleen O’Sullivan; Mary McGarvey, Hubert Tinneny; John McGuinness with daughter Tara and Sean McGarvey.

Photo courtesy of Martin McGuinness

April 2016 was the hundredth anniversary of “The Rising”, which began on Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, and was a seminal moment in Irish history, sowing the seeds for a war of independence and a free Ireland. Some 1,350 people were killed or injured during the six day insurrection while 3,430 men and 79 women were also arrested by the British. 15 of the rebel leaders, including Pádraig Pearse and James Connolly, were executed by firing squad at Kilmainham Gaol.

Easter of 2016 saw events, celebrations, recreations, memorials and many other venues held across Ireland to celebrate this 100th anniversary of The Raising. Among them was a small family commemoration honoring brothers Patrick and Edward Tinneny who were sworn soldiers in the fight for freedom as members of the Wattlebridge Brigade of the IRA in the 1920s. They and their brother John Tinneny, all sons of James and Maryann Tinneny of Goladuff, Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland fought, sacrificed and suffered and contributed much for the cause of a free Ireland.

Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016 about 16 Tinneny family members and friends gathered at the Tinneny grave in Drummully cemetery, county Fermanagh where many generations of Tinnenys have been buried since the beginning of the 1800s including Patrick, Edward and their brother John. The event was organized by Mary McGuinness McGarvey, (daughter of Alice Tinneny) and Gerard Wallace whose family Patrick lived with for many years. 

In front of the 200 year old headstone of Thomas Tinneny was installed a temporary wooden cross with a plaque and the names of Patrick and Edward Tinneny. Two wreaths were placed in front of the cross one by Mr. Thomas Reilly, a local counselor on behalf of the Sinn Féin political party and the other by Gerard Wallace.  Pat and Ned’s niece Mary McGuinness McGarvey placed a single Lilly at the cross representing the family. 




Counselor Reilly gave a talk about the boys contributions and heroic activities in the 20s and how it affected the rest of their lives – all for a free united Ireland – a dream yet to be fulfilled. He also said that every year going forward flowers will be put on their grave honoring their service to the country.   

Photo courtesy Susanna Tinneny






Attending the ceremony were Hubert Tinneny and his sister Josie Green, cousins of Pat, Ned and John.

Courtesy of Susanna Tinneny 











Following the presentation and laying of the wreaths the group spent about an hour standing around the grave and talking.

Courtesy of Susanna Tinneny


Biographies of the lives and military activities including photographs of the three brothers can be found at the following links:






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