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John Tinneny

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 release.

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