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Edward 'Ned' Tinneny

Irish Republican Army

The above medals were awarded to Edward Tinneny (1899-1973), the son of James Tinneny and Mary Ann McEntyre.  He was born on Goladuff and as a young man in 1918 joined the Irish Republican Army in support of Ireland's War of Independence.  He became a member of the Wattlebridge Company, "A" (Clones) Battalion, 1st Monaghan Brigade, 5th Northern Division of Oglaigh na hEireann, the Old IRA.  Records from the Irish Department of Defense verified that Ned was involved in at least 12 significant actions with his unit between 1918 and 1922 including the capture of Ballytrain Royal Irish Constabulary barracks, February 1920 and the destruction of Royal Irish Constabulary post at Scotstown, April 1920.

Military training and police duties.
Raids for arms and ammunition.
Collection of funds for the purchase of arms and ammunition.
Police duties at East-Cavan by -election on 21 June 1918 in which Arthur Griffith was elected M.P.
Police duties at general election held on 30 December 1918.
Unionists - 26 seats, I.P.P. - 6 seats.
Capture of Ballytrain Royal Irish Constabulary barracks, February 1920.
Destruction of Royal Irish Constabulary post at Scotstown, April 1920.
Raids for and the destruction of illegal poteen stills.
Raids along the islands of Lough Erne.
Destruction of a police boat at Crom, Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh in July 1920.
Enforcement of the Belfast Boycott and arrest of railway men at Clones. 

Capture and destruction of a military lorry at Wattlebridge, County Monaghan in September 1920.
Trenching and blocking of roads and cutting communication equipment
Exchange of gunfire with Royal Irish Constabulary and Ulster Specials at Wattlebridge in February 1921.
Ambush on Ulster Specials at Wattlebridge in February 1922.

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