John Good

Shot at his home. His son William Good was murdered a few weeks later. His wife Elizabeth was a sister of William Connell murdered in Feb 1921

1857 Born Co Cork


1901 census at Kilclarra, Knockroe, Cork


1911 census at Barryshall , Timoleague, Cork


1921 March 8.

 Shot by IRA. He was a Brother in Law of Thomas Bradfield.(of Desertsergus) and a relative of William Connell, who were both also shot around this time

The executions of John Good and his son William Good as suspected spies on 10 and 26 March 1921 respectively may have been retaliations for the killings of Volunteers Patrick Donovan and Denis Hegarty (Denis Hegarty had been an employee of John Good)employed as a ploughman by Protestant farmer John Good of Barryshall near Timoleague, was found in a lane a couple of hundred yards from Good’s residence with gunshot wounds to his head.

Interestingly the Irish National Heritage says "apparently built in 1748 by the Honourable David John Barry after whose death it passed on to his nephew, one of the Barry's of Fota, this house was altered and extended in the nineteenth century. The outward appearance of the building is decidedly nineteenth century, with its hipped roof, round-headed doorcase and balanced proportions. It would appear that the eighteenth century house was altered and modified to reflect changing tastes and fashions, more than one hundred years after its initial construction date. This early character is now hidden in the nineteenth century remodelling scheme. It makes an interesting and curious addition to the architectural heritage. Denis Hegarty, an I.R.A. volunteer was killed by British Forces at Barry's Hall, on 19th January 1921. No mention is made of the Goods

IRA Witness Statement About January 1921, a spy named John Good had been shot in our area and his property was ordered to be confiscated. I was instructed to remove his cattle from Ballinascarthy to Kilbrittain and Barryroe areas.The cattle were taken over by the Volunteers in these areas.

IRA Witness Statement On 11th March 1921, John Good, a clerk in the Labour Exchange, Cork,was shot dead at Tower St. He was convicted of spying and shot by orders of the brigade.



The widow sought compensation for the two murders and for property that had been stolen after the killings. The Good family then had to abandon their farmof 400 acres and leave Ireland

Their claim was for £3040 for roperty and goods taken away. Mrs Elizabeth Good and her surviving son James jointly claimed compensation of £10,000 and were awarded £7,000. See Cork Examiner, 18 June 1921;


Shot by IRA as British spies