Identity Statement for Seamus McCann

  • Reference code: IE UCDA P226
  • Title: Papers of Seamus McCann (1895–1988)
  • Dates: 1919–21
  • Level of description: Item
  • Extent: 1 item
  • Context
  • Content and Structure
  • Conditions of Access and Use

Archival History

This digital copy of the McCann diary was made in 2008 with permission from McCann’s son, Seamus.


Scope and Content

Account by McCann from a later period (1939) of his war of independence experience with particular reference to manoeuvres, training and ambushes on enemy forces in the Donegal and Derry areas including attacks on the R.I.C. at Rampart, near Dungloe railway station, November 1919, in Derry, March 1920, and at Dungloe, July 1920; the ambush of a British troop train at Crolly, January 1921; attacks on barracks at Falcarragh, March 1921, and Glenties, April 1921; with constant reference to Peadar O’Donnell and including lists of volunteers taking part and diagrams of each action. Includes an account of the attempted round-up by British forces in West Donegal, May 1921; of a training camp at Breenagh directed by Todd Andrews after the Truce; of the establishment of anti-Treaty headquarters and his arrest in Glenties in June 1922, transfer to Newbridge from where he escaped in October; his eventual return to Derry in early 1924, where he was appointed Officer Commanding, Derry Brigade and continued to organize.

  • Access: Available by appointment to holders of a UCD Archives reader's ticket. Produced for consultation in digital format.
  • Language: English
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