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John O'Brien


John O'Brien,



Transcribed in Oct. 2008 by Michael Purcell from schooldays scrapbook.

John O'Brien was known to his schoolmates and friends in Carlow as Duck Brien, his brother Fred Brien died in Feb. 2012.

The Nationalist and Leinster Times.

23rd December 1966.

Death of young Carlow Soldier.

Carlow was saddened by the death in St. Bricin's Military Hospital, Dublin, on Saturday of Private John O'Brien, aged 19 and a half years, son of Mr John O'Brien, Urban District Councillor, and Mrs O'Brien, Staplestown Road, Carlow.

His tragic death after an operation aroused deep sympathy for his family who are well known and popular in the area.

Private O'Brien was a past pupil of Carlow C.B.S. and the local Vocational School. He was accepted at the Army Apprenticeship School in Naas where he completed three years training and passed out as a motor technician.

He was first posted to Clark Barracks, Curragh Camp, and from there to Clancy Barracks, Islandbridge, Dublin. He then served at Columb Barracks, Mullingar and was then appointed to Supply and Transport, 1st Battalion, Renmore Barracks, Galway, where he was to the time of his sudden illness.

A noted athlete, the late Pte. O'Brien was on the winning Command H.Q. team which beat the 5th Battalion in the All Army Football Final.

In the Army Boxing Championships, he competed in Dublin, Cork and the Curragh, winning all his bouts and he also won trophies for basketball and cross country running.

A huge cortege accompanied the remains to the Cathedral of the Assumption and interment took place in St Mary's cemetery on Tuesday.

At the removal of the remains from St Bricin's Hospital, the bearer party, under Captains Hall and Ghent, accompanied by the Army No. 1 Band, escorted the cortege to the hospital boundary, accompanied by Rev. Fr. Duffy, Head C.F. Comdt. O'Callaghan, O/C, Columb Barracks and Lieuts. Field and Casey attended the funeral. Full Military honours were rendered by the 6th Brig. H.Q. Kilkenny, under Lieut Kellett and Coy/Sgt. Michael Brophy and a bugler from the 2nd Batt., 6th Brig., Portabello Barracks.

A platoon of the late Private O'Brien's comrades from the 1st Batt. Renmore Barracks, Galway, marched behind the cortege to the cemetery, while Michael and Brian (brothers) and Daniel Byrne (nephew) represented the Army Apprenticeship School, Naas, at the funeral.

Chief mourners: John and May O'Brien, (parents), James, Martin, Frederick, and Michael (brothers), Mrs May Moore, Mrs Nancy Byrne, Mrs Margaret Burke, Mrs Frances James, Mrs Bridgid Collins, (sisters), Michael, William, Francis, and Martin O'Brien, (uncles), Mrs. Annie O'Brien, Mrs Elizabeth O'Brien, Mrs McDarby and Mrs Byrne (aunts).

Following Mass celebrated by V. Rev. Cornelius Crowley, Adm. in the Cathedral, prayers at the graveside were recited by Rev. Fr. Brady, C.F., Western Command, Mullingar, and Rev. J. Fingleton, C.C., Carlow.

Source: Michael Purcell

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