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Joseph McGuinness

Rank: Lieutenant
Street: 41 Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin
Town/Village: Dublin
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Cloonmore, Tarmonbarry & Castlerea, Co. Roscommon; New York; Main Street, Longford; Camden Street, Dublin
Census 1901:
Census 1911: Residing at Lower Camden Street
Regiment/Unit: 'C' company, 1st Battalion, Dublin Brigade, Irish Volunteers
Regiment Number:
Date of Death: 31-05-1922
Cause: Natural Causes, at home.
Memorial: Glasnevin Cemetery, Glasnevin, Dublin

Joe McGuinness was born in 1875 in Cloonmore, Tarmonbarry, County Roscommon. He lived in Longford town for a period after his return from the USA in 1902. He was a member of the local Gaelic League branch. He moved to Dublin where he ran drapery shops. McGuinness became active in the Volunteers, serving as a lieutenant in ‘C’ company, 1st battalion, which was commanded by Ned Daly. His wife Katherine Farrell was a member of the Central Branch of Cumann na mBan.

On Easter Monday, McGuinness was among the first Volunteers into the Four Courts at the start of the rising. He remained there throughout the week and his wife was also a member of the garrison. He was detained after the surrender and sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment, which was later commuted to three.

McGuinness was in Lewes Gaol, England, when in May 1917 he was elected an MP in the famous South Longford by-election. The slogan used was ‘Put him in to get him out’ and the result was evidence of the rise of Sinn Féin at the expense of the Home Rule Party. He was released as part of an amnesty in June 1917.

McGuinness was re-elected in 1918 and returned to the Dáil unopposed in 1921, and on both occasions, he was also in prison. He was appointed director of elections for Sinn Féin in 1919 and briefly served as Director of Trade and Commerce (the equivalent of a ministry) late that year.

McGuinness died at his home in 1922.


Parents Names: Son of Martin McGuinness and Rose (née Farrell), Cloonmore, Tarmonbarry

link to Civil Record of birth; link to Civil Record of marriage; link to Civil Record of death; Irish Volunteers Commemorative Organisation entry, including photo of firing party at burial; Irish Independent coverage of funeral; British Pathé footage of funeral; 

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