Standard Hotel

Standard Hotel

Standard Hotel, Harcourt St in 1950s

aerial view standard hotel

On the morning of 21 November 1920 members of C and D companies, 4 Battalion, Dublin Brigade, IRA were mobilised for Whitefriars Street. John Vincent Joyce is generally referred to as the Officer in Charge of the operation and also as being responsible for calling it off, reporting that the target was not at the intended location. A number of those who mobilised gave the intended attack location as the Standard Hotel, Harcourt Street, others refer only to Harcourt Street while the Swan Hotel, Harcourt Street is named as the location by one veteran. It is unclear therefore if these IRA members were to take part in one or more attacks. The identity and number of intended victim(s) are also unclear. Patrick Lamb refers to the target as “Price” while Thomas J Doyle names the targets as Price and “…probably Evans”. On his file Patrick Lamb is critical of Joyce’s decision to call off the attack, claiming that Price was in fact still at the Standard Hotel that morning.

None of the British officers asked for by the squad arriving at the Standard Hotel were in their rooms

Michael Collins' offices at 76 Harcourt Street were raided in November 1919 and he escaped down the skylight of the Standard Hotel next door, cracking a rib in the process. Modern Harcourt Hotel is at number 60

In 1927 Thom's Directory gives it at 79-82 Harcourt St - The Standard Hotel . The building is shared with the Dutch Consulate a J.R.A.W. Weenick and is at the junction with Clonmel St. Number 76 is listed as a Catholic Girls Hostel

WS 621 Patrick Mullen says he was in group from 4th Battalion, C Coy who were assigned Standard Hotel raid. However raid was called off before they got there, as targets were no longer there. His job would have been to smash the phones

The Commander of C Coy, 4th Battalion was Gerry Byrne and he had been detailed to mount a 2 man patrol from St Leonards Corner to Rialto, and to fire warning shots if a British patrol came their way. Leonard's corner is the junction between the South Circular Road and Clanbrassil St. Rialto is to the west of the junction and about where the old extension to the canal was located. So say the patrol progressed west on South Circular road i.e. past Wellington Barracks and towards Kilmainham. It is a long way from Harcourt St.

WS621. On Saturday, 2nd November 1920, a number of us, from the 4th Battalion, were selected for operations against British agents on the following morning. Our instructions were that we were to meet outside Whitefriars St. Chapel on the following morning, Sunday, and we were to proceed to the Standard Hotel where two British agents, Intelligence officers, were staying. I cannot now recall who was in charge of our operation; I believe he wes a member of the Intelligence staff, as he was to identity the men who were to be shot. My particular job was to smash the telephone and prevent anyone from entering or leaving the hotel. On our way to the Standard Hotel word reached us that the men we were after were not then in the place and that we could return home as quickly as possible

extracts from statements on Patrick Lamb’s file from Patrick Lamb (top) and Oscar Traynor (bottom) re the calling off of the attack at the Standard Hotel.

Sean Smith’s appointment with four officers at the Standard Hotel in Harcourt Street was called off, never kept. There was no longer anyone there to kill

John Vincent Joyce 24SP9690 Officer Commanding, C Company, 4 Battalion, Dublin Brigade, IRA

Thomas J Doyle MSP34REF97 Officer Commanding, D Company, 4 Battalion, Dublin Brigade, IRA

Thomas Byrne MSP34REF20130 C Company, 4 Battalion, Dublin Brigade, IRA

James Butler MSP34REF178 C Company, 4 Battalion, Dublin Brigade, IRA

Thomas Nolan MSP34REF28302 C Company, 4 Battalion, Dublin Brigade, IRA

Joseph O’Gorman MSP34REF1544 D Company, 4 Battalion, Dublin Brigade, IRA

Patrick Lamb MSP34REF102 C Company, 4 Battalion, Dublin Brigade, IRA

Seán Domican 24SP6917 C Company, 4 Battalion, Dublin Brigade, IRA

Patrick Joseph Rigney MSP34REF295 C Company, 4 Battalion, Dublin Brigade, IRA

Joseph Byrne MSP34REF18108 C Company, 4 Battalion, Dublin Brigade, IRA

Patrick O’Brien DP2196 C Company, 4 Battalion, Dublin Brigade, IRA

Addresses raided by the IRA