Michael O’Keeffe - shot 30 Apr 1921


1921 Apr 30 Shot in Cork

On Saturday the 30th of April 1921 Michael O’Keeffe of Main Street, Carrigtwohill, County Cork was shot dead. An inquest into his death heard evidence from his wife who told the court that her husband had been woken by a knock at the door, her husband went down and opened the door, she saw or heard no more of him until his dead body was found 200 yards from his home early the following morning. A card attached to O’Keeffe sleeve when the body was found read Spies and informers beware, I.R.A. The dead man leaves one child and was in receipt of a British Army disability pension.

IRA Witness Statement On 1st May,1921,a local spy named Michael O'Keeffe was executed, and the party carrying out the sentence had called to my place of residence about 2O minutes prior to carrying out of the death sentence. Needless to remark, there was intense police and military activities as a result of the shooting, but no evidence was forthcoming to establish the identity of the parties responsible, so the enemy went on the policy of an eye for an eye, etc


Executed as spies by IRA