James Nolan of Kenyon Street, Nenagh, an anti-Treaty soldier was killed on Monday August 14, 1922, when a mine he was planting at Nenagh Barracks exploded prematurely. The dead man was a 32 year old father of one.
Patrick Nolan of Rathbride, Co. Kildare,
member of an anti-Treaty guerrilla-style cell was captured with 6 other members in Kildare on December 13, 1922 and taken to the Curragh Military Detention Barracks in Co. Kildare for trial.
Sentenced to death, Patrick and the others captured with him were duly executed by firing squad at 8:30AM on December 19th at the Curragh Barracks.
The day before their execution, the men were allowed to write letters to their families. Thirty-four year-old Patrick Nolan penned a final letter to his mother and father. He hoped that they would
bear his death with “the Courage of an Irish Father & Mother.
A shorter letter to his younger brothers and sisters asks that they remember him and his comrades on Christmas only a few days away.
A memorial to the men executed on December 19th is located in Market Square in Kildare town with their names listed as follows:
- Patrick Nolan (34), Rathbride, Kildare
- Stephen White (18), Abbey Street, Kildare
- Joseph Johnston (18), Station Road, Kildare
- Patrick Mangan (22), Fair Green, Kildare
- Bryan Moore (37), Rathbride, Kildare
- James O’Connor (24), Bansha, Tipperary
- Patrick Bagnall (19), Fair Green, Kildare.
Private John Nolan of the Railway Protection Corps was shot dead on Bride Street in Dublin on March 15th 1923. Aged 29 years, married and with5 young children, he was stationed at Wellington
Martin Nolan, Ballywilliam, New Ross, of the Kyle Flying Column, was one of four members of his group killed on March 23rd 1923 after being pursued.