The forthcoming book, Kerry 1916: Histories and Legacies of the Easter Rising – A Centenary Record, will include details of over 100 Kerry people who were arrested following the rebellion. Here is one such example, Henry Vincent O’Donoghue:
Henry Vincent O’Donoghue was born in Dingle in 1890 and later lived in Annascaul. He joined the Irish Volunteers in Dingle in 1913. On moving to Dublin to study medicine and qualify as a doctor, he joined the E Company of the 3rd Battalion of the Dublin Brigade. A written instruction from the Volunteers about the planned manoeuvres was sent to his home at Leeson Park on Easter Sunday 1916 but he did not receive until Easter Monday: ‘my mother, the poor woman, kept it.’ On Easter Monday, following a mobilisation order by his O/C Liam Tannan, he proceeded to St Stephen’s Green with a revolver. He reported to senior figures including Michael Mallin and Countess Markievicz.
O’Donoghue went to Dublin Castle the following morning to get medical supplies under the mistaken impression that the castle had been captured by the Irish Volunteers. Arriving there at about 3am he saluted a sentry – who he believed to be a Volunteer – in Irish and was immediately arrested. He was deported on 8 May and spent four weeks in solitary confinement in Stafford Jail. O’Donoghue was a medical officer with the IRA in Kerry during the War of Independence and treated the injured in and around his native Annascaul. He remained a doctor in Annascaul until his death in 1959.