Denis Finbar(r) Donovan

There are two similarly named men shot at around the same time

And in addition thee is a "Din Din O'Riorden" in the records

This page deals with Denis Finbarr Donovan, also known as Din Din Donovan

1897 Sep 25. Born Cork


1901 census at 30 Fullers Lane, Cork


1911 census at 10 Gouldings Terrace, Cork (same address when he was shot in 1921)


1921 Apr 12. The Death Cert gives him of Gouldings Terrace Cork, and aged 21 years and 7 months. His body was found Ballygarvan near Ballinhassig, seven miles outside the city.


IRA Witness Statement When O’Brien, [Thomas] Healy, and myself met next night, we came to the conclusion that the R.I.C. had got information from some source in relation to the shooting of the R.I.C. sergeant. . . . We proceeded to worry out who the police spy could be. Only four people knew who participated in the shooting of the R.I.C. sergeant, viz., Healy, O’Brien, the company captain (Dick Murphy), and myself. At the time, Dick Murphy was on very intimate terms with a man named Denis Donovan, Barrack St.,Cork. Barrack St. was in the 2nd Battalion area, while we were in the 1st Battalion, Cork No.1. We had all got to know Donovan well, and we had a nickname on him -"Din Din" for the reason that he was ever and always suggesting ways and means of shooting up the military and R.I.C. I remember asking Dick Murphy whether he had mentioned the R.I.C .shooting to"Din Din". He pooh-poohed any suggestion that anything was wrong with "Din Din", and we allowed the matter to rest. ... ..... I should have mentioned earlier that Denis Donovan ("Din Din"), already referred to in this account, was shot as a spy on Brigade instructions. He was shot in Ballygarvanon 14th April,1921, and a label "spies and informers beware " placed on his chest.


According to the RIC County Inspector’s Monthly Confidential Report for April 1921, ‘This man [Donovan] was a Sinn Feiner and was suspected by them of carrying out a robbery [on 8 April] at Rochestown on his own and without authority.’ It was also noted at the military inquest that Donovan one time may have been a Sinn Féin policeman.


WO 35/149A/29 Description: Death of Denis Finbar Donovan; died between 9th and 12 the April, 1921; Ballygassen, County Cork. Date: 1921 This is reocrded in TNA index, but the file itself is missing


Shot by IRA as a Spy