Irish Republican Army
Photos courtesy of Dick Fitzpatrick
L - R in civilian clothes
(internees) Frank Sheridan, John Conlon, Colonel Francis Tummin
(Derrykarrib), John Tinneny and Patrick Culligan.
Internees in handcuffs and their captors (B Specials) in front
of the courthouse in Newtownbutler, Co. Fermanagh. Taken
shortly after their arrests May 1922 and prior to their
departure for internment aboard the prison ship S.S. Argenta.
Although John is not believed to have been a sworn member of the
Irish Republican Army (IRA), he was certainly active with his brothers
Ned and Pat and the Wattlebridge Brigade of the IRA. He was
involved in several of their operations including the taking and
sinking of a British police boat from Crum Castle and caring for IRA
leader, Major Matt Fitzpatrick when the Tinnenys harbored and cared
for Fitzpatrick in a dugout they prepared on Goladuff while he
recovered from gunshot wounds received in the town of Roslea.
John was arrested by the British in May of 1922 and interned aboard
the British prison ship S. S. Argenta in Belfast Harbor June 19 -
August 22, 1922. He was then transferred to the Workhouse at
Larne, County Antrim where he remained until his