Brian O Hanrahan, the great grand nephew of Michael O’ Hanrahan visited us at the barracks today.:
His great uncle, Michael O’Hanrahan, fought at Jacob’s Biscuit Factory, told his court martial in the Officers Block at Richmond Barracks, he “acted under the orders” of his “superiors”, documents from the court martial files show.
“O’Hanrahan (39) was an officer under Comdtt Thomas MacDonagh, who led Dublin’s 2nd Battalion. He was arrested when the Volunteers surrendered there, on April 30th, his file, stored at the British National Archives, in Kew, London, shows. Only seven pages in total, the file shows O’Hanrahan’s trial was held on May 3rd, and he was judged by Brig Gen Charles Blackader, Lieut Col George German and Lieut Col William Kent. The charge against him was that he took part in the armed rebellion with the intention and for the purpose of assisting the enemy. O’Hanrahan pleaded not guilty.” (Gartland 2016)
O’Hanrahan did not call any witnesses but made a short statement. “As a soldier of the Republican Army, acting under the orders of the Provisional Government of that Republic duly constituted, I acted under the orders of my superiors.”
Gen John Maxwell confirmed the guilty findings of the court and O’Hanrahan was executed on May 4th, with Joseph Plunkett and Willie Pearse, in the stonebreaker’s yard at Kilmainham jail. (Gartland;2016)