Tommy Carroll

T. C.: I joined, I joined the Fianna Scouts, that’s in Liberty Hall, that was before it was, knocked down, you know, blew down. And I belonged to the Fianna Scouts. Then I come a gun runner. Folly [do you follow me]? Right! Now, if there was gonna be an ambush over on Buckingham Street [or] anywhere, I’d carry three or four guns. I was only a boy, and a coat up like that, holdin’ me, you know? I was told where to deliver them. I walked up the stairs and into a back room, and with a big man there, an officer, you know? And… hand him the note. Hand out the… I’d hand out the guns.

But in the event... they weren’t put up the chimney. D’you know the oul lines out the back of the… with this big pole, and, and… Go that way! Well, they’d be hung out on that. And an oul shirt or an oul… to cover them up, in case there’d be a raid. But in the event, they would be over... and I’d go over then and collect them guns again, and maybe somewhere else the next time, you know? Wherever they think there was gonna be, you know the… [an operation] coming along. Ah, that’s now… that’s Gospel truth.


  • Informant
    Tommy Carroll (T. C.)
  • Age
  • Address
    Ringsend, Dublin 4
  • Collector
    Séamas Mac Philib (S. Mac P.)
  • Date of recording
  • Recording context
    Smith’s Pub, Ringsend, Dublin 4
  • Reference
    (audio) UFP0003
  • Faisnéiseoir
    Tommy Carroll (T. C.)
  • Aois
  • Seoladh
    Ringsend, Baile Átha Cliath 2
  • Bailitheoir
    Séamas Mac Philib (S. Mac P.)
  • Dáta Taifeadta
  • Comhthéacs Taifeadta
    Smith’s Pub, Ringsend, Baile Átha Cliath 2
  • Tagairt
    (fuaim) UFP0003
Tommy and Maggie Carroll, Smith’s Pub, Ringsend [Séamas Mac Philib, October 1979]