Martin Heavy

The assumption here is that Martin Heavy did not die. No death certificate, no press reports. The fact there was a trail for imprisoning him, implies nothing worse happened

1891 Aug 20. Born


1911 census at 17 Brideswell ,Ballynamona, Roscommon


1920 Dec 31. Killed Roscommon ??


IRA Witness Statement Another man named Heary was shot near Knockoroghery for spying for the enemy. Again, I do not know the extent of his guilt or how he was caught. Heary's sisters went around with the Tans on their lorries and led them to the houses of Volunteers. As a result of this, Knockcroghery, Which is a village in South Roscommon, was burned by the Black and Tans. Knockcroghery was the site of the famous clay smoking pipe factory which was also destroyed and was never restarted.

Irish Times It wasn’t only Protestants who suffered the wrath of local IRA commanders. The “Activities” files of the South Roscommon brigade detail the case of Martin Heavy, a farm labourer and ex-soldier from Brideswell. On the night of December 30th, 1920, he was abducted by the Curraghboy company of the IRA along with his mother, his sister and her two young children. They were imprisoned locally for two days and then moved by boat. The last sight his family had of Heavy was of him standing with his hands bound behind him on the western shore of Lough Ree as they were rowed across the lake to the Longford side and abandoned on the shore near Ballymahon. The “Activities” file shows that Heavy was thrown into the water with his hands bound and drowned. The identities of the IRA men who rowed the family away are recorded in the files. The IRA company was decimated by the arrests which followed the incident.



Shot by IRA as British spies