John Sweeney

John Sweeney medal card

Correct man from Roll, aged 27 so born circa 1888. Sweeney J was a gardener before enlisting on Casement's records. Keogh has him from Clonmel and a buglar and piper.

1889 Born Co Waterford, working back from 1901 census

1901 census has a John Sweeney living at Roaring Spring Road, Clonmel. No proof that this is him, but the address he gives in 1915 of Irishtown, Clonmel, is close on this.

1910 Service number indicates enlisting Dec 1910

1914 Taken prisoner, and followed the rest of the Irish Brigade through Limburg, Zossen and Danzig

1915 Oct 25. In answer to a question, gave his Ireland address as Irishtown, Clonmel

1915 Dec Refused to volunteer for Egypt

1919 Aug 8. No further action by army, they accepted that he had no intention of being disloyal, and his discharge would not be" for misconduct"

Active in old IRA 1920 - 1921

1935 Aug 5. Attends Casement memorial service in Dublin

1936 Feb 2. Letter in Independent from John Sweeney of 76 Garrymore, Clonmel. He is appealing for a pension, and asks why Irish Brigade men have been excluded from Military Pensions Bill

Still alive 1960

Recruits to Irish Brigade