James Blemens

appeared on the list of ‘missing persons’ published in the Irish Times of 22 August 1921.

1860 circa. Born Armagh or Tyrone


1880 Nov 5 Married in Armagh



1901 census at Ballinure, Blackrock, Cork


1904 Instructor of Horticulture


1911 census at Knockrea, Blackrock, Cork


1918 Oct 18. His wife died


1920 Nov 30. Kidnapped and never seen again. The IRA apparently shot him about 2 Oct and the body was buried in a local bog. It has not been found

IRA Witness Statement On 1.12.1920, the house of a man named Blemings was raided on my directions and Blemings and his son taken away. They were both shot. These two were members of the senior spy section in the Y.M.C.A. Their names were given to me by Parsons. We also had information about them from letters captured by our lads in raids on postmen for mails.


Shot by IRA as British spies