Identity Statement for Rory O'Connor

  • Reference code: IE UCDAD P65
  • Title: Papers of Rory O'Connor (d.1922)
  • Dates: 1911–16
  • Level of description: Item
  • Extent: 12pp
  • Context
  • Content and Structure
  • Conditions of Access and Use

Biographical History

Rory O'Connor was an active participant in both the War of Independence and the Civil War. He produced the 'Castle order' showing plans for strong actions by the authorities against nationalist organisations. During the Easter Week Rebellion in 1916 he fought and was wounded. Became the Director of Engineering with the IRA in 1918 and directed operations in England including the Manchester Jail rescue in 1919 and the burnings in Liverpool in 1920. During the Civil War he was a signatory to the Anti-Treaty declaration (June 1922) and a prominent member of the Four Courts garrison. After surrendering, he was imprisoned in Mountjoy. In 1922 he was executed as a reprisal for the shooting of Seán Hales.


Scope and Content

Letters from Rory O' Connor to Professor P.F. Purcell, University College Dublin, mainly from Ontario, Canada, describing engineering work with Canadian railway companies including Cobalt and Porcupine Railway and Canadian Northern Railway and his positions as resident engineer and assistant chief engineer. Includes letter from Dublin noting 'the authorities suspect I was making explosives'; attributes his connection with the Volunteers to his friendship with the Plunkett family (8 May 1916).

  • Access: Available by appointment to holders of a UCD Archives reader's ticket. Produced for consultation in original format. Original material will be retrieved at 11am and 2pm only.
  • Language: English