A number of notable figures connected with this period were from Mayo, including Tom Maguire (1892 – 1993) from Cross, an Irish Republican, who held the rank of commandant-general in the Western Command of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and led the South Mayo flying column; Dr Kathleen Lynn (1874 – 1955) born in Mullafarry, outside Killala who was Chief Medical Officer of the Irish Citizen Army, suffragette, doctor and founder of St Ultan’s hospital in Dublin’s Charlemont Street; Major John MacBride (1868 – 1916), born at Westport Quay, who was an Irish Republican executed for his participation in the Easter Rising; Ernie O’Malley (1897 -1957), who was born in Castlebar and was an Irish Republican Army officer during the Irish War of Independence and a commander of the anti-Treaty IRA during the Irish Civil War. O’Malley wrote three books, On Another Man’s Wound, The Singing Flame and Raids and Rallies. The first describes his early life and role in the War of Independence, while the second covers the Civil War. The literary quality of these books and O’Malley’s career after the political conflicts distinguish him from other IRA men who also penned memoirs of the times.
Notable Mayo Figures of the Period