John Ellard Brady

1898 Apr 8. Born


1911 census at Hollybrook Rd, Clontarf

1915 Oct 13 Enlisted in Dublin in Leinster Regt

1916 Feb 23. Transferred to 10th RDF, from 7th Leinster but owing to illness never actually joined the RDF

1916 Mar 31 Discharged - "not likely to be an efficient soldier" Acute Nephritis

1921 Jun 4 . Shot Dublin

Two men were shot on Sea Road , Clontarf, Dublin. One of the men, Thomas Halpin was an ex-British Army soldier and had joined the army in 1916 and served for sixteen months before being invalided out of the army. The other man was John Ellard Brady, the 21 years old and the son of Mr James Brady, Solicitor of 21 Hollybrook Road Clontarf, who had been in the British Army for 4 months before being invalided out..

IRA Witness Statement Brady and Halpin were shot in Clontarf just before the Truce. This was an "F" Company, 2nd Battalion, job. Brady, who was a Black and Tan and had been in the sacking of Balbriggan, was the principal target. [note- I can find no evidence that Brady was ever a Black & Tan] He was the son of Brady the solicitor in Palace Street. Brady was sitting on the sea wall opposite St. Lawrence Road, Clontarf, in company with two men, Halpin and Denver, when "X", the "F" Company man, cycled up and shot dead both Brady and Halpin. Halpin was an ex-British Navy A.B., and it is open to question whether he deserved to be shot. To the best of my recollection Brady was concerned in getting local information for the Black and Tans. Denver is still alive. He was a (neighbour) friend of Arthur Griffith when Arthur lived on St. Lawrence Road, Clontarf.

IRA Witness Statement . Brady and Halpin were shot on 4th June 1921 by members of F/Company, 2nd Battalion, under the command of Lieutenant Danny Lyons. They had been acting as touts in conveying information to the Crown forces. The information relative to their activities had been supplied through the Brigade Intelligence officers


Shot by IRA as British spies