Terence Bernard McGuire, 1881-1957, NSW, Australia.

Bishop McGuire 1930
Bishop Terence McGuire 1930

Terence McGuire was the only son of Terence McGuire and Mary Ann Gormley. He had a sister, Mary Ann who became a sister of the Good Samaritans. She became Rev Mother Mary Coleman. She died in Sydney in 1963.

He was born at Moree, New South Wales, on September, 1881. His father Dr Terence McGuire was a doctor. He died young at the age of 34.

Dr Terrence McGuire 1881death Morree
Death Notice for Dr Terrence McGuire Moree 1881

As a young man he studied for the priesthood at St. Patrick’s College, Manly (Sydney), and at Propaganda Fide College in Rome. He was ordained in Rome on 19th March, 1904.

After many years of service within the diocese of Lismore he was consecrated as Bishop of Townsville in the Sacred Heart Cathedral on 25th May, 1930.

Among his many achievements as Bishop of Townsville was the establishment of St. Teresa’s Agricultural College, Abergowrie, in 1933, and St. Anne’s Mission on Palm Island in 1934.

He was transferred to Goulburn as Bishop in 1938, and became the first Archbishop of Canberra – Goulburn on 11th February, 1948. He was succeeded by Hugh Ryan as Bishop of Townsville. 

The Canberra Times, 14 June 1948, describes the ceremony conferring the title and role of Canberra’s first Archbishop on Bishop Terence Bernard McGuire.

Cardinal Gilroy described Archbishop McGuire as being “noted for his culture, administrative ability, oratory and wit, but these qualities of the mind were surpassed by the qualities of his heart which had won the affection of all his friends.”

Bishop McGuire died at Lewisham Private Hospital, Sydney on 4th July 1957.”

Source: McGuire House – Ryan Catholic College Townsville, Thuringowa : North Queensland Catholic School

The catholic career of Terence McGuire:

17 Sept 1881 Born Moree, NSW

19 Mar 1904 Ordained Priest of Lismore

12 Feb 1930 Appointed Bishop of Townsville

25 May 1930 Ordained Bishop of Townsville

14 June 1938 Appointed Bishop of Goulburn

5 Feb 1948 Appointed Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn

16 Nov 1953 Resigned Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn

16 Nov 1953 Appointed Titular Archbishop of Leontopolis in Augustamnica

4 July 1957 Died Archbishop Emeritus of Canberra and Goulburn

Archbishop Terrence McGuire ‘s body was moved from Goulburn in 1972. It is now buried in the crypt of St Christopher’s Cathedral in Manuka, Canberra.

St Christopher’s Cathedral Manuka, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Edward Francis Fanning 1887- 1968 Victoria Australia

Edward Francis Fanning at his brother Frank’s Wedding in 1915

Edward, known as Ned, was the second son of Edward Francis Fanning and Bridget Anna Collins. he was born at his grandparents’ home in Northcote, Melbourne, on June 1 1887.

His mother died in childbirth when he was one year old. His father married her sister Sarah in 1890 and had five children with her, only three survived to adulthood.

He was educated at Xavier College in Melbourne and his education and that of his older brother William was paid for by his grandparents Patrick and Mary Collins of Northcote.

Edward was the informant on his grandfather, Patrick Collin’s death certificate in 1905.

He worked as a clerk and lived in Northcote, Essendon and Caulfield. He married Mathilda (Hillda) O’Connor and they had one child, Catherine Mary (Maisie).

He died on the 15th of October, 1968 in Caulfield. He is said to have kept a diary up until 1967.

The following genealogy report details the ancestry of Edward Francis Fanning.

Ancestors of Edward Francis Fanning 1887-1968, 2015

Johanna Dell nee Fanning 1848-1923 Victoria Australia

Johanna Fanning Sunnyside cropped
Johanna Fanning outside her family home “Sunnyside” at Bulla Victoria Australia

This picture was taken outside “Sunnyside”  c 1868. She would have been about twenty years old.

Johanna Louisa Fanning was born in 1848 at Bulla in Victoria.

She married William Frederick Dell on the 17th Nov, 1884. She was 36, although the marriage certificate says 27, and he was also 27.

They were married in St Francis’ Catholic Church, Melbourne.

On her marriage record Johanna signed her name using the more English “Joanna”.

Joanna Fanning and William Dell Marriage 1884_0001 cropped
Joanna Fanning and William Dell Marriage 1884

William Dell was born in Berkshire, England about 1857. His being English did not please Johanna’s Irish father and it is said that Johanna was cut out of the will because she chose to marry an Englishman. She was the only child not to receive property from her parents.

On her marriage certificate her occupation is given as “Hotel Keeper” and address as Bulla. I wonder what hotel she was working at or managing.

Family stories have them owning a pub in Richmond. In 1888 on her daughter’s death certificate she is again listed as a hotel keeper.

From the years 1909 to her death in 1923, she lived at 145 Surrey Rd, South Yarra, Melbourne and her occupation was described as “Home Duties”.

Her sister, Mary Skehan of Monegetta, left Johanna 50 pounds in her will in 1900.

Joanna was 74 when she died.

She had a very sad life, in that her only two children died as infants.

William Frederick Dell died after only two weeks on 28 Dec, 1887. His parents’ address at this time was the Norfolk Hotel in Flinders Lane, Melbourne.

Joanna Louise Dell was born at South Yarra, but died after five months, at Bulla, on 3 Dec 1888.

William Dell died in Richmond in 1939 aged 81.

On the census forms he is listed as a Gentleman in 1884, a Hotel Keeper in 1888 and from 1909 to 1924 as a Cook.

In 1936 he was living at 7 Claremont St, Sth Yarra, Melbourne.

Joanna and William Frederick Dell are buried with their two children, in the Melbourne General Cemetery, in the Catholic section, but not in the Fanning plot.

Joanna Dell Death Notice Oct 1923 Argus (2)
Joanna Dell Death Notice Oct 1923 The Argus
Joanna Dell memorial Notice Argus 1925
Memorial Notice for Joanna Dell The Argus 1925




John Hugh Fanning 1893-1975 Victoria Australia

Jack Fanning Kilmore
A young John Hugh Fanning
Nance Fanning nee Kelleher
Hannah “Nance” Fanning nee Kelleher

John Hugh Fanning, called Jack, was the son of Edward Fanning of Bulla and Sarah Collins of Northcote. Sarah died young of consumption at the age 27 in 1897. Jack would have been four years old when his mother died.

Jack worked as a farmer and lived just outside of Kilmore at Willomavin in country Victoria. I can remember my father telling me that Uncle Jack, his uncle, never wanted to be a farmer and work on the land but that his father Edward made him.

He married  Hannah “Nance” Kelleher  on Oct 21 1925. His brother Frank was best man and Nance’s brother Pat was groomsman. Her cousin Alma Kelleher and her friend Aileen Hesford were bridesmaids. Aileen was later to marry Pat, Nance’s brother. Nance and Jack Fanning did not have any children.

Wedding of Nance Kelleher and John Fanning in Table Talk, 17 Dec 1925
Nance and Jack Fanning
John Hugh Fanning and Nancy Fanning nee Kelleher 1945. His niece and my aunty Eileen Fanning is in the background.

Nance was an keen golfer and also very involved in the CWA and other community groups and activities.

Jack Fanning Kilmore with horse
Jack Fanning Kilmore
Jack Hugh Fanning Kilmore
John Hugh Fanning at Kilmore
Frank Fanning and Pat Kelleher
Frank Fanning, my grandfather on the left and in the middle is Pat Kelleher, Nance’s brother at Kilmore
Hanging Rock John Edward Fanning, the boy in the middle,Nance Kelleher on the right, Jack Fanning on the left, Frank Fanning on the right next to Nance
Hanging Rock John Edward Fanning, the boy in the middle,Nance Kelleher on the right, Jack Fanning on the left, Frank Fanning on the right next to Nance about 1928
Nance Fanning nee Kelleher at Sunnyside Bulla
Nance Fanning nee Kelleher at Sunnyside Bulla
Aunty Daisy Fanning nee Dillon, Ida Fanning and Nance Fanning nee Kelleher
Daisy Fanning nee Dillon, Ida Fanning nee Mackey, my grandmother and Nance Fanning nee Kelleher.

Nance and Jack Fanning are buried in the Kilmore Cemetery Victoria.

Nance Kelleher was the daughter of Denis Kelleher and Catherine Connors and was born in 1902 at Avondale, Kilmore.  Her ancestors came out to Australia from Co Kerry in Ireland. Her grandmother Bridget Mannix came out in 1866 with five of her children. Her husband Patrick had arrived before her in 1864. In Co Kerry their name was written as Kelliher.

Patrick Kelleher Obit Kilmore Free press 9 Feb 1939
Obituary in the Kilmore Free Press for Patrick Kelleher, Nance Fanning’s uncle 9 Feb 1939.
Catherine Kelleher Obit Kilmore Free Press 4 Dec 1947
Obit Kilmore Free Press 4 Dec 1947 for Catherine Kelleher wife of Denis and mother of Nance Fanning nee Kelleher
Aileen Kelleher Obit Kilmore Free Press 20 April 1950
Aileen Kelleher Obit Kilmore Free Press 20 April 1950 Nance’s sister-in-law
Denis Joseph Kelleher Obit Kilmore Free press 13 June 1940
Denis Joseph Kelleher, Nance Fanning nee Kelleher’s father. Kilmore Free press 13 June 1940


Anthony Fanning, Lisdonowley,Co Tipperary & Kempsey, NSW, Australia

Anthony Fanning’s  father was Patrick Fanning and his mother Margaret Cantwell from Lisdonowely, Co Tipperary Ireland. He was born in the Parish of Templetouhy, Co Tipperary, on 1 April 1849. He is related to the Bulla Fannings. His father, Patrick Fanning, was a first cousin of William Patrick Fanning, my great great grandfather, who emigrated to Victoria in 1841.

The ‘Highflyer” arrived at Moreton Bay in Queensland in 1878. Anthony was 29 and Patrick, his younger brother, was 18.

Anthony became a shopkeeper in Kempsey and lived in Smith St Kempsey NSW. Patrick worked on the railways and died in Sydney 1910.

Anthony’s death certificate states he had been in NSW for 12 years so he did not stay in Queensland for long before coming to NSW. He married Amelia Lovell in Kempsey in 1883. She died in 1890 and he died the following year. They both died of Tuberculosis, or as it was called then, consumption.

Death of Amelia Lovell 1890 Kempsey_NEW
Newspaper Report of the Death of Amelia Fanning 1890 Kempsey NSW Australia
Notice of Death of Amelia Fanning 1890_0001_NEW
Death of Amelia Fanning, Macleay Argus 24 Dec 1890


Macleay Argus 8 Sept 1891


Anthony Fanning Death Certificate 1891 NSW_NEW
Anthony Fanning Death Certificate 1891 NSW
Anthony Fanning & Amelia Lovell
Gravestone of Anthony Fanning & Amelia Lovell

The inscription reads:

Sacred to the Memory of

Anthony Fanning

Native of Co Tipperary Ireland

Who died 7th Sept 1891

Aged 42 Years

Also of His Wife

Amelia Fanning

nee Lovell

Who Died 21st Dec 1890

Aged 28 Years

United in Life by the bond of love

United they sleep in Death

Sweet Jesus May their souls in Heaven Above

Now breathe an eternal Breath

Anthony Fanning and Amelia Lovell are buried in West Kempsey Cemetery NSW. Amelia’s parents were Frederick Lovell and Elizabeth James and she was born in 1862 in Port Macquarie NSW. Below is an obituary fro Amelia’s father which gives some background information on the Lovell family of Kempsey.

Anthony Fanning Ancestor Report 2015

John Fanning of Clondoty Loughmore 1866-1932 Co Tipperary Ireland

John Fanning of Clondoty was married to Mary Hogan, who was a third cousin, both being descendants of William Fannin and Sarah Ryan. Mary’s grandmother was Sarah Sheehan nee Fanning, my gggrandfather’s sister.

They were married in the Parish of Littleton on 17 Feb 1908 and had four children, maybe more. William born 30 April 1910, Catherine born 26 Feb 1911, Mary born 13 Jan 1913 and Patrick born about 1917.

1901 Census William Fanning of Clondoty_0002

Census Return Clondoty Loughmore 1901

1911 Census John Fanning Clondoty Co Tipperary_0002
Census Return for John Fanning Clondoty Loughmore Co Tipperary Ireland 1911


John fanning of Clondoty
Memorial Card for John Fanning 1866-1932 Clondoty Co Tipperary Ireland


Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland Clondoty Fanning Grave
Clondoty Fanning graves in Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary

Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland William Fanning of Clondoty Grave (2)

Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland Nora & Wm Fanning of Clondoty (2)

Loughmore Cemetery Co Tipperary Ireland James, John & William Fanning of Clondoty (2)



John Fanning of Clondoty Descendant Report 2015

John Fanning Clondoty Ancestor Report 2015


Laurence Francis Fanning Bouladuff Co Tipperary Ireland 1874-1938

Laurence Fanning Outside his pub in Bouladuff Inch Co Tipperary Ireland c1909 use
Laurence Fanning outside his pub in Bouladuff, The Ragg, Co Tipperary Ireland. The original photo is in a restaurant now on the site of his pub.

Laurence was the son of Michael Fanning (1811-1878) and Catherine Ryan and was born at Lisaroon on 27 Oct 1874. He spent some time in America and made a number of trips back to Ireland before permanently settling in Bouladuff Co Tipperary.

Bouladuff is a village five miles from Thurles. It is also known as Inch and The Ragg. It is bounded by the Silvermine Mountains on the north west and by the Slieveardagh Hills on the southeast.

On the records at Ellis Island.org Laurence F. Fanning, aged 30, from Thurles arrived on the “Teutonic” on 25 May 1905. He was a US Citizen, occupation clerk. His final destination was 4659 State St Chicago and reason for journey was “returning home”. Port of departure was Queenstown (Cobh), Co Cork, Ireland.

At some point, Laurence returned to Ireland and then eloped with his cousin Bridget Fanning. There was such outrage that they went to America where Laurence worked as a barman.

They did  return to live at Bouladuff. On the 1911 Census he is married to Bridget Fanning and has two children, Kathleen aged 2 and Michael 11 mths. He is listed as a farmer and a publican at Bouladuff near Thurles. On his son Michael’s birth record he is listed as a shopkeeper in Bouladuff. Kathleen was born in 1909 and Michael on 6 July 1910 in Bouladuff.

Nenagh Guardian 8 Apr 1911
1911 Census Lawrence Fanning Clehile_0002
1911 Census return for Laurence Francis Fanning Bouladuff Co Tipperary Ireland


Laurence Francis Fanning 1874-1938_2
Memorial card for Laurence Fanning

Laurence and Bridget had two children, Michael (Micky) and Catherine (Kitty) Fanning.

Micky Fanning, son of Laurence and Bridget and ? his wife Eileen Bunyan.

Below is an article from the Nenagh Guardian relating to police investigating Fannings Pub in Bouladuff.

Nenagh Guardian 17 Dec 1938

In 1950 Micky Fanning put the premises at Bouladuff up for sale:

Nenagh Guardian 23 Sept 1938


Laurence Fanning Ancestor Report 2015
Ancestors of Laurence Francis Fanning of Bouladuff Co Tipperary Ireland 2015

Patrick Fanning of North Strand Dublin Ireland 1864 -1906

Patrick Fanning 1864-1906 was the son of Billy Fanning and Catherine Fogarty of Clondoty Co Tipperary.

He was the brother of Ned Fanning of Shanbally House and also of Joseph and Senator Michael Fanning who also lived and worked in Dublin.

Patrick lived at 23 North Strand Rd Dublin and was a very successful and wealthy publican.

Patrick Fanning North Strand Purchase 1888 use
Patrick Fanning purchases 23 North Strand Dublin 1888
Patrick Fanning 1901 Census Dublin Ireland
1901 Census Patrick Fanning of North Strand Dublin Ireland

The assistants he employed were most likely nephews, certainly the O’Donnell and Bannon boys were related.

Patrick Fanning Probate Irish Times 5 Dec 1906
Probate of Patrick Fanning of Dublin Irish Times 1906

Patrick Fanning Auction of 23 North Strand 1906 Irish Times_use

Patrick’s brother Joseph ended up buying the premises. In 1923 when he was selling the pub it was advertised and described in The Irish Times.

Patrick Fanning 1923 23 North Strand Sale

Sale by Joseph Fanning of 23 & 24 North Strand Dublin 1923 The Irish Times

Patrick Fanning does not seem to have been married or have any children.

Patrick Fanning North Strand
Memorial card for Patrick Fanning 1864-1906 Ireland

Patrick Fanning Ancestor Report 2015 2

Thomas Dwyer of Bouladuff Co Tipperary Ireland 1899-1920

Thomas Dwyer cropped
Thomas Dwyer 1899-1920 Co Tipperary Ireland

Thomas Dwyer, aged 21 years, of Bouladuff Co Tipperary Ireland was shot dead by members of the R.I.C., the Black & Tans, on the morning of  March 29 1920.  His mother was Catherine Fanning of Lissaroon.

I was told by a relation that the family was so shattered by his murder that it was not spoken of for 40 years.

Catherine Mary Dwyer nee fanning, the mother of Tom Dwyer. She is with Josephine her daughter.
The Ragg Map
Map of The Ragg, Bouladuff, Co Tipperary Ireland

Bouladuff, also known as Inch and The Ragg is a village 5 miles outside of Thurles and 3 miles from Borrisoleigh.

In March of 1920 Constable Heany was shot in The Ragg and later died.

Evening Herald 5 Mar 1920


It is hard not to think that this death of the constable was not connected to the murder of Thomas Dwyer on 29 Mar the same year. The murder of Thomas Dwyer was reported in The Irish Times, March 30 1920:

Our Thurles Correspondent telegraphed as follows last night- Bouladuff, a quiet little village four miles from Thurles, commonly known as The Ragg, was the scene of a terrible murder last night. The trouble started about 3.30. A group of men stood in the village street, when suddenly shots rang out, and the police charged and dispersed the people.

For some hours afterwards all was quiet.

At 12.30 five men knocked at the house of Thomas Dwyer, part of whose premises consist of a shop. Dwyer’s sister, Mrs Delaney, heard the knocking, and got up and asked-“Who is there?” “Friends” was the reply. “Is Tom inside?”. She suspected something was afoot, and told them through the keyhole that Tom was not in. They replied that they knew that he was, and that they would break in the door if it was not opened quickly.

Mrs Delaney, when interviewed to-day, said that she was terribly frightened. Her brother was in bed but a short time, having remained outside as he had a presentiment that he would be shot. He told them earlier the day that he feared that his end was near. She went to his room and told him about the men at the door. Returning to the door which the men were kicking, she had just turned the key when the five men burst in. Mrs Delaney screamed at their appearance. They wore false beards and masks, and they carried rifles. Brushing her roughly into the kitchen, one man covered her with a rifle, while the other four passed towards the room where her brother Thomas lay. The doomed man appeared at the door wearing his pants, with a lighted candle in his hand. The men appeared to know their man quite well, for the moment they got a glimpse of him they fired.

Dwyer fell mortally wounded, pierced by two bullets, one of which smashed the candlestick in two. While he lay on the ground one of the assassins said “Has he enough?” and another replied “Give him another,” so another shot was fired into the body. Dwyer gave a moan, and the murderers made off, first asking Mrs Delaney “Is there anybody else to be shot here.” They slammed the door, and while they were on the roadway outside the house they fired several shots apparently at random.

The screams of Mrs Delaney aroused the neighbours, who ran for a priest and a doctor. Father Hayes arrived in time to administer the last rites of the Church. Dr Power, Borrisoleigh, also came, and did all that he could, but Dwyer expired an hour after the shooting. Two men were seen running from the back of Dwyer’s house across the fields after the murder.”

Fermanagh herald 3 Apr 1920

An inquest was held and here is part of what was written in The Irish Times on March 31, 1920:

The town of Thurles was quiet today, but evidence of recent disturbances were apparent in the shattered windows of a number of shops, and in the display of shutters as tokens of mourning for the young man, Thomas Dwyer, who met his death under such mysterious circumstances at Bouladuff……..The Ragg is a village containing not more than a dozen houses, three of which are licensed. It will be recalled that the hamlet came under public notice some weeks ago through the murder of a policeman named Heanue there on the 4th March. It was stated in evidence at the inquest on Constable Heanue that the men who fired the shots were absolute strangers to the locality. Bouladuff is on the main road between Thurles and Borrisoleigh, three miles from the latter town. The nearest police station to the village is Dovea, about a mile distant. Dwyer was a young man, about 21 years of age, and is described as having been industrious in his habits, and popular in the locality. The only other occupants of the house at the time that he was shot by the raiders were his widowed sister, Mrs Delaney, and her little daughter, and an invalid uncle………There are about 100 additional police on duty in Thurles to-night, those in the streets carrying carbines.”

Tom Dwyer was buried in Drom or Drum old Catholic Cemetery, Co Tipperary.

The funeral  was reported in The Irish Times on April 1, 1920:

“Business was entirely suspended in the town of Thurles and the surrounding towns and villages today. All the shops in Thurles were closed, including the licensed houses, and a quiet, if anything, even more pronounced than that of the Sabbath prevailed. The suspension of business was intended as a demonstration of sympathy with the family of Thomas Dwyer, the young man who was shot dead at Bouladuff in the small hours of Monday morning last.

The funeral took place from the Roman Catholic Church at Inch, close to Bouladuff, at noon to-day. From an early hour a long string of vehicular and pedestrian traffic was proceeding along the six miles of highway between Thurles and Inch. Every single available vehicle in Thurles was pressed into service for the occasion. The direction of traffic, and of the day’s proceedings generally seemed to be in the hands of the Sein Fein Volunteers. Many of these Volunteers were in uniform, and wore belts and bandoliers, and haversacks. Squads of men in military formation marched along the road to Inch, and crowds of Volunteers were across the roadway at the approaches to Bouladuff. There was not a single policeman to be seen in the village or in its vicinity. At least two thousand Volunteers from all parts of North Tipperary and from further afield were concentrated at the scene. The number of vehicles, which came to participate in the funeral procession-traps, side-cars, and soforth-approached, if did not exceed, a thousand.

Shortly after noon the funeral procession started from Inch Church on its way to the cemetery at Drom, six miles away. Rain fell heavily for the most part of the journey. The procession was headed by a single company of the Irish Volunteers, most of them in uniform. On either side of the hearse marched a singlr file of Volunteers, while behind the hearse came three mourning coaches containing the chief mourners. There then marched a number of Irish Volunteer contingents, Sinn Fein Clubs, representativesof the Transport Workers’ Union, a party of young women of the Cumana na uBan, and a contingent of demobilised soldiers form the Thurles district. None of the Volunteers marching in the procession displayed any arms.

On its way to the cemetery the procession passed Dovea Police Barrack, but no demonstration of any kind was made. The doors of the barrack were closed, and the police remained inside while the cortege was passing. When the procession was about half-way on the road between Inch and Drom a Volunteer cyclist rode up to the leaders with the intelligence that a large party of military and police had occupied the Drom Cemeterty and its immediate vicinity. The leaders, however, decided to proceed on their way, and no alteration was made in the order of the procession. It appears that about an hour before the procession was due to arrive at Drom several military lorries drew up outside the cemetery. At the time a contingent of Volunteers was standing in the roadway apparently for the purpose of regulating the traffic when the funeral arrived. There were about one hundred soldiers and policemen, the former belonging to the Northampton Regiment, and the latter being in charge of District Inspector Wilson, Nenagh. The soldiers carried full military equipment, and the police were armed with carbines. This party entered the cemetery and took up various positions in parts of it, the military falling into line along the wall of the graveyard, and a party of police standing a short distance from the open grave. No incidents of an untoward nature occurred, and, though evidences of excitement were visible among the crowd, the impression commonly prevailed that the presence of the soldiers and police was for the purpose of preventing the firing of a volley over the grave, as had been done at the funeral of Mr. McCarthy on Monday last. No volley was fired, though it was subsequently stated that when, at the termination of the religious ceremony at the  graveside, the military and the police had returned to Templemore, a party of Volunteers fired a volley over the grave. The prayers at the graveside were recited by Rev. Father Finn, and a Volunteer bugler sounded the “Last Post”. An officer of the Irish Volunteers delivered an oration at the graveside.  After the funeral the crowd quietly dispersed.”

The Liberator (Tralee) 1 Apr 1920


Nenagh Guardian 3 Apr 1920

The Irish Times reported on March 31 1920:

Thomas Dwyer Two Tipperary Murders 31 Mar 1920 irish Times_0002

Thomas Dwyer Two Tipperary Murders 31 Mar 1920 irish Times_0003

Nenagh Guardian July 31 1920:

The Nenagh Guardian 17 Apr 1920


The Ragg, Thurles, was the scene of another outbreak by police on Saturday.

Four huge motor lorries filled with armed police left Thurles on Saturday at 6 p.m., cheering and discharging shots as they passed through the streets. They started from the police barrack, having it is stated come from Limerick on transfer back to Belfast via Dublin. They continued discharging shots as they dashed along, passing Killinan cemetery and Ballinashow. Arriving at Bouladuff, known as The Ragg, the four lorries halted at Dwyer’s public house, into which they rushed, brushed the attendant aside, and getting behind the counter each man helped himself to as much drink as he pleased. A quantity was consumed on the premises, and a great deal more was transferred to the lorries and not paid for.

When this had been done the party returned to the house, knocked all remaining bottles off the shelves with their rifles and then fired volley after volley for a considerable time through the ceiling.

After making the place a complete scene of wreckage they proceeded on their journey cheering. The only persons present at the time were an invalid man and his niece, Mrs Delaney, sister of the late Thomas Dwyer, the victim of The Ragg tragedy. The house has been repeatedly fired into since the shooting of Thomas Dwyer, and his sisters were so terrified as to leave the house derelict for some time, until they received an assurance from the authorities that they would receive no further molestation.

The Liberator (Tralee) 27 Jul 1920

In the recently released witness accounts in the Bureau of Military History James Leahy of Nenagh, an active IRA member, describes what was happening with the Black and Tans and Police in and around Thurles in 1920. Leahy recounts the murder of Tom Dwyer and the events that followed.

Tom Dwyer James Leahy's Account Military Records p1

Tom Dwyer James Leahy's Account Military Records p2
James Leahy’s Account of the murder of Tom Dwyer


Rev Michael O’Dwyer brother of Thomas. Nenagh Guardian 17 May 1952


The Ragg Bouladuff Tom Dwyer's Pub
The Bouladuff residence that was Tom Dwyer’s Pub
The Ragg Bouladuff Tom Dwyer's Plaque
The Ragg Bouladuff Tom Dwyer’s Plaque
Thomas Dwyer 1899-1920 Bouladuff Drom Cem Co Tipperary Ireland
Thomas Dwyer 1899-1920 Bouladuff Co Tipperary Ireland Drom Cemetery

There is also a bridge on the Mall River in Templemore Co Tipperary that has been named after Lieutenant Thomas O’Dwyer.

Freemans Journal 12 Oct 1920
A talk given in 2016 on the significance of the murder of Tom Dwyer. Connaught Telegraph 6 Sept 2016
Thomas Dwyer Ancestor Report 2015
Ancestors of Thomas Dwyer of Bouladuff Co Tipperary Ireland