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  • Michael McKnight

    Hello all
    I want to trace the Service record,official and unofficial, of the late Michael McKnight(my grandfather), formerly Old IRA/Free State Army/ Irish Defence Forces. Born in 1902, he entered the IRA as a boy of 14 and took part in his first action at the Rineen Ambush, Co.Clare. He served with the IRA through the War of Independence and entered the new Free State Army upon it's foundation. He served for his entire working life,until retirement in the very early Sixties. His sons, Michael and Vincent, served with the 4th Bn, Cork and also served in the Congo and Cyprus.

  • #2
    Military Archives in Cathal Brugha Bks would be a decent starting point.
    The Bks number is in the phone book, in the green pages.
    Am wondering if the National museum would be any help here too?
    Also, the National Genealogy crowd might be of some help?
    Their website is

    Got this info from the Co.Clare section on the site, seeing as you mention that
    your grandfather was down in Clare...

    Clare Heritage & Genealogical Centre
    Address : Church Street,
    Co. Clare.
    Phone : (+353) (0) 65 6837955
    Fax : (+353) (0) 65 6837540
    Contact : Antoinette O'Brien
    Open - Close Info : All Year Round.
    Opening Hours : 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.
    E-Mail :
    Website :
    Location : On Church Street in village of Corofin.
    Catchment : County Clare

    It's a start anyway...
    Last edited by Truck Driver; 26 July 2005, 15:35.
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    • #3
      I'd give the museum crowd in Collins Cork a shout as well.
      Covid 19 is not over's still very real..Hand Hygiene, Social Distancing and Masks.. keep safe


      • #4
        There is a PM for you at Irish Air Pics forum.
        Tony K


        • #5
          Thank you all for your help.I'll let yiz know how it goes.