- A proud Mrs. Elizabeth
O'Neill, 3 College Street, Carlow, in 1938 with her
two soldier sons (Peter on left and Sean on right)
- The occasion was the
commissioning of her younger son Peter in the army.
- Lieut Col. Sean (John) O'Neill
- 3 College Street, Carlow
- Fianna Scouts - Carlow. 1915-1917.
- Brigade Staff- Carlow Brigade, I.R.A. 1917-1920.
- 2nd Lieut. 1st Battn. Cavan Brigade I.R.A. 1920 -
- Captured & sentenced to be hanged but sentence
was commuted to10 years Penal Servitude, because he
was under 18 years of age.
- Belfast Prison - 4 months 1920-2 1
- Mountjoy Prison - 3 weeks 1921
- Portland Prison - 6 months 1921
- Dartmoor Prison - 5 months 1921-22.
- Released February 1922 (General Amnesty).
- Joined National Army - March 1922. "B" Coy.
- I.R.A., Beggars Bush.
- Asst. Barrack Q.M. at Kilkenny Bks., Portobello
Bks., & Collins Bks. from April 1922 to May 1924.
- Asst. Brigade Q.M. Kilkenny (No.5) Brigade, May
- Asst. Command Q.M. Eastern Command, 1926-1927.
- Staff of Inspection Branch (Chief of Staff),
- Staff of Inspector-General of the Forces,
- Personal Staff Officer to the Chief of Staff,
McKee Bks. 1931-1940.
- Promoted Commandant April 1939.
- P. S. O. to Chief of Staff July, 1939 - February
- Staff Officer i/c F.C.A. Western Comd. 1/4/1952.
- Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel 31/3/1952.
- O i/c Bk. Service Section D.O.D. 14/2/1953.
- Retired from army on 15 April, 1959.
Sean died on 8 June.
1984 and was interred in Dean's Grange Cemetery,
Dublin, with full military honours. He is survived by his
wife Nancy (formerly Annie Nolan, Bennekeny) and 4 of his
five children - Brian (Dublin), Malachy (Canada), Aidan
(Waterford) & Maura (Wicklow). At the time of his death,
he was the last surviving member of the Carlow Pipe Band.
The only surviving family member of his generation in
Carlow is his sister, Mrs Kathleen Finnegan, 26 Barrack
St., Carlow, who remembers his release from prison in
February 1922 when crowds went up to the Railway Station
in Carlow to greet him carrying sods of turf soaked in
paraffin & set alight. He was carried shoulder-high home
to 3 College Street. Carlow.
- Lt-CoL Peter O'Neill
- 3 College St. Carlow
- D.O.B 9/8/15
- Enlisted 6/11/34
- Appointments held
- Staff Officer - Directorate Artillery,
O/C 3 FAR. FCA. O/C Kerry Area.
FCA To. CDA S, Comd. SO. TRG & L OPS. S.Comd. Bat. Comdr.
I. FAR O/C A Coy. 4BN. O/C 4AA.
Cadre. O/C I. FAR
Over seas service
42 BN 1965
Mil OBS 1968 Suez Canal.
Source: Carloviana -
December. 1998 Page 7
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