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(William) Liam Healy Collection

1923 – 1971


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IE BL/PP/LH is the (William) Liam Healy Collection held in UCC Library. This collection was deposited in March 2002 by Mr. John O’Connell of Coulrourke, Knockyrourke, Donoughmore, Co. Cork.

In May 2010, more items were donated by Mrs. Margaret Cooley, Youghal, Co. Cork on behalf of Maurice Healy, a nephew of William Healy.  These are item numbers 5-7 on the item list below.


Memorabilia relating to the Irish patriot Liam Healy. Born at Lackabawn, Donoughmore c. 1900, Healy joined in 1918 the Irish Volunteers, becoming a member of E Company 1st Battalion Cork No. 1 Brigade. He was involved in the attacks on Blarney Police Barracks and the attack on all City Police Barracks in Cork City in 1921. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the Republican side. Captured by Free State forces, he was court-martialled on a charge of possession of arms and was executed by firing squad on 13 March 1923. He is buried at Donoghmore Co. Cork.


Access: Available by appointment with the Archives Service to holders of UCC Readers tickets.

Language: English

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1.   12 March 1923

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Letter from Liam Healy, Cork County Jail, to his father, informing him of the date of his execution “I know you will feel awful when you get this letter. Father dont take it to heart for I am not ashamed to die like many more who went before me”. Requests his father pass on his remembrances to named individuals and exhorts him not to be downhearted. Requests masses to be said for the repose of his soul. Adds a priest heard his confession. Closes requesting his family and friends not to bear any grudge against individual members of the firing squad but to “shake hands with them as I myself am going to”. Signs himself William Healy.  2pp

2.   [nd]

Printed memorial for the officers and Volunteers of the 1st Cork Brigade, IRA “Who fell, were murdered, or executed for, fighting against English Dominion”. Features the reproduction of a photograph if Liam Lynch. Gives the date of William Healy’s execution as 16 March 1923.  2pp

3.   [nd]

Tss of a ballad “Dedicated to the memory of ‘Willie Healy’ E. Coy. 1st Bat. 1st Cork Brigade”. Begins “Thou are gone from us forever, today Thou art at rest./ Joined with the Irish martyrs, in that great home of the Blest.”  1p

4.   Feb. 1971

Photocopy of a booklet produced to commemorate the ‘Dripsey Ambush Golden Jubilee’ (1921-1971). Features a short biography of the Volunteers (including Liam Healy) who took part in that action.  16pp

5. March 1923

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Two pieces of paper with handwriting in pencil signed by Healy letting his family know he's had confession and is ready for what is to come.  There is a faint embossed stamp on one.  2 items.

6.  [nd]

A photograph of a poem to William Healy written on a wall of cell no. 2 in the old Cork City Gaol written by another prisoner, P. O Brien, Dunmanway.  A transcription of the poem is written on the back of the photograph.  1 item.

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Author: Emer Twomey, Archivist, UCC Library, University College Cork

Last updated: 19 August 2014

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