Constable Daniel A. Murphy

Published in 20th-century / Contemporary History, Features, Issue 6 (Nov/Dec 2012), Revolutionary Period 1912-23, Volume 20

Constable Daniel Murphy, a Black-and-Tan from Cork, was captured and executed by the IRA’s East Clare Brigade on 12 March 1921. Murphy had been making frequent trips to the district where the Glenwood ambush had taken place, posing as an agricultural labourer whilst making inquiries about local republicans. Two members of the IRA, Martin McNamara and John Curley, lay in wait for Murphy and surprised him as he cycled from Broadford towards Sixmilebridge. Murphy was taken to Enagh Wood, where he was executed and his body buried in an unmarked grave.

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