John O'Callaghan


1911 Census. 13 Picketts Lane, Cork. I cannot verify this

1920 Sep 15. Shot in Cork by the IRA for pasing information to the British. His body was secretly buried and never found

IRA Witness Statement Another civilian spy dealt with by G/Company was a man named Callaghan. The Brigade had ample evidence that this man was conveying information to the enemy and I received instructions to get in contact with him and take him into custody. At about 11a.m. one morning, I was in Patrick St, with Jer.Keating from G/Company, when we saw Callaghan leaving town. A night or so previously, Callaghan had been in a row of some sort and had been beaten up. Keating and I stopped Callaghan, told him that we had picked up some of those who had attack him and asked if he would accompany us to identify those who had beaten him up. He agreed to do so and he came with us to the Thomas Ashe Hall, Father Mathew Quay, Cork, where he was placed under guard. Later that evening he was taken by car outside the city and executed.

IRA Witness Statement Shooting of O'Callaghan. Spy: In June, 1920, I was instructed by Seán Hegarty, Vice Brigadier, to arrest and shoot a civilian named O'Callaghan who was employed as a civilian clerk in the Victoria Barracks, Cork, (now Collins Barracks). I understand that he was overheard by a barman in a city public house giving information to the military over the phone. O'Callaghan passed along PatrickSt. on his way to the barracks each morning, so I decided to contact him there. Between ten and eleven o'clock one morning I waited in Patrick St. in company with Pat Collins (our Company Captain) and John O'Connell.

As O'Callaghan came along, I tapped him on the shoulder and said to him: "Were you assaulted the other night"?. He said, "Yes, I was". I then asked him would he come along and identify the man who attacked him. He agreed to do so.We took him along to the Thomas Ashe Hall on Father Mathew Quay, where he was detained unti labout three o'clock in the afternoon. Then we were bringing him out to a car outside the door of the hall, he made a bid to escape but was chased and tripped up by one of our lads. We then got him into the car and took him out the country to the Farmer's Cross district, where he was shot and his body buried


Compensation Commission Register under 15 September 1920, with ‘L’ for Liability, notes thay £950 in compensation was awarded.

Shot by IRA as British spies