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Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)

Lena Whelan

Dublin Road, Carlow

Lena Whelan of the Dublin Road

Women played an important role during the War of Independence and the Civil War. Lena Whelan of the Dublin Road is pictured here in her Cumann na mBan (Womenís Army) uniform. The bandolier belonged to Tom Seely of Tullow Street, who was active in the I.R.A. movement. In 1997 Carlow County Heritage Society returned the bandolier to Tomís grandson Fintan Seely, who is a well-known New York publican. It is now on display in his pub in Manhattan. My (Michael Purcell's) own mother was in Cumann na mBan and in 1923 she was interned in Kilmainham Jail. In 1927 Lena Whelan married Dick Clifford, an ex-British Army soldier. This postcard came to me (Michael Purcell) courtesy of Lenaís niece Catherine Smith of Smithís Newsagency.

Source: Michael Purcell

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