David Nagle


David Nagle was ex-RIC constable , who became a rural postman in retirement, He was arrested by the IRA on 12 March 1921, charged with spying, tried and executed on the following day. His body appears neve to have been found


1863 Born (from RIC) Cork

1882 Oct 19 Enlisted in RIC

1891 Nov 10. Married


1907 May 26. His wife died

1907 Jul 18 Posted to W Cork


1909 Jan 30 Re-married

1909 Mar 18. Penioned from RIC

1911 census at Ballymah, Inishkenny, Cork

1917 Jul 3. His son died in France. "A" Bty. 190th Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Thomas David Nagle. D C M


1921 Mar 13. Shot Cork.

IRA Witness Statement We had important prisoners from the 3 rd Brigade and from Cork City.There were at least six executed; three British soldiers were captured and executed in the prisonyard, following the 'shoot at sight 'order'.Then there were three civilians shot. One was Nagle from Waterfall. Another was named McCarthy and the other was Jimmy Devoy. They were all giving information to the British. It was Nagle who informed on Leo Murphy who was taken and shot by the British at Waterfall. Note-prisoners were blindfolded coming and going in case of leakage. If they were being taken away to be handed over to the Unit we were minding them for, we blindfolded them in case we were come on by the British and had to leave them. Then they would not know the way they had been brought. However, the authorities never found out the prison and they were often within sight of it. The guards had orders in case of raids to shoot the prisoners

IRA Witness Statement About the end of the Summer, 1920, a raid for mails was made at Waterfall, which resulted in the capture of a letter from Nagle, a local postman, to a man by the name of O'Sullivan, an ex-British soldier. They arrested Nagle, who gave all information, also a photo of O'Sullivan and details of the place in Cork City where he was to meet him. Leo and some others went there instead of Nagle and shot him dead. Later Nagle was also tried and also shot. Nagle had been in the R.I.C. and actually had a brother still in the Force and stationed at Tuckey Street Barracks in Cork City.

IRA Witness Statement Around the same time, a postman from, Waterfall named Nagle was arrested, tried and executed as a spy.

Compensation Commission Register shows that British liability was accepted, and that compensation of £1,400 was awarded. (CO 905/15, TNA). David Nagle’s son, Gunner Thomas Nagle, Royal Field Artillery, was killed in France during 1917. See White and O’Shea (2010), 380.

Shot by IRA as British spies