28 November 1920Constable Timothy Quinn from Roscrea, Co. Tipperary died. Quinn was shot the day before in Castlemartyr, Co. Cork. He was 34 years old with 14 year's service in the RIC.
Yesterday I wrote that Constable Quinn and Sergeant Curley were involved in negotiating the entry of IRA men to Castlemartyr Barracks. This may not be true. In The Dead of the Irish Revolution, it's reported that two unnamed policemen were involved in the negotiations. The IRA men were being questioned afterwards by Sergeant Curley and Constable Quinn when the shootings took place. One of the IRA men was Joseph Aherne, who shot Quinn, and left a witness statement in which he named the two policemen as Kelly and Hassett. So apologies to Sergeant Curley, shot in the arm in the shoot out, and to Constable Quinn for traducing their memories.
Aherne's statement describing the Castlemartyr affray on page 31 or so
Six houses in Wexford were robbed by three men. Two RIC men – Constables Patrick Myers and James O’Hara – and a British soldier were arrested, tried and convicted of robbery. The two RIC men were dismissed.