18 February 1920
The Irish Times reported that Llyod George’s Better Government of Ireland Bill “has not a single friend in either hemisphere, outside Downing Street”.
Back in November we met Henry Quinlisk working as an intelligence agent for the British military.
Henry had moved to Cork, using the name Quinn, where his efforts to ingratiate himself with the local IRA in the hope of setting up Collins for capture quickly aroused their suspicions. On the night of the 18th February he was lured out to the countryside near Cork city by three IRA men who said they would pay him to assemble a Hotchkiss machine gun for them. At a place called Tory Top Lane they stopped and shot Quinlisk as a spy. The execution party consisted of Michael Murphy (O/C, 2nd Battalion), Frank Mahony (the Battalion Intelligence Officer) and Jimmy Walsh (a Captain in the same battalion).
Quinlisk is identified as Timothy in this account and as John by his father who later came to claim his body. Also some confusion as to the date of death although it seems the official date is 18 February.
Murphy’s account of the killing beginning Page 12;
As a matter of interest the witness statement of Maurice Meade giving an account of his time as a member of Casement’s Brigade.