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Lot 1193/0217

Estimate: €5500-7500

Co. Kilkenny Operations
Famous Irish Volunteer
Veteran of Irish & Spanish Civil War

Quinn (Capt. Patrick)
A unique collection of Irish Civil War Medals, awarded to Captain Padraig Quinn, Fifth Batt. Kilkenny Brigade, I.R.A. Flying Column. Included are:

* His Fianna Eireann miniature Medal, clasp & ribbon.
* Comrac Medal, with bar & ribbon.
* The miniature Comrac Medal, bar & ribbon.
* L.D.F. Service Medal, Seirbhis Naisiunta.
* L.D.F. Miniature Medal – Seirbhis Naisiunta (awarded for Service during World War II.)
* 1921 – 71 Jubilee Medal, with ribbon,

Together with his important Medal / Cross “Al Merito Civile” received from Gen. Franco, c. 1948, for his services with Gen. Eoin O’Duffy’s Irish Brigade when he fought during The Spanish Civil War, 1936 / 37.

In addition, the collection includes the medals awarded to his wife, formerly Miss Pearle Mackay of Gowran, Co. Kilkenny for her services while in Cumann na mBan.

* Cumann na mBan Service Medal, with ribbon.
* Cumann na mBan miniature Service Medal with ribbon.

The entire attractively mounted with some reproduction photographs, including some group photographs showing Quinn in action, with his colleagues and his wedding photograph showing Captain P. Quinn, and his wife Pearle Mackey, and also his best man and civil war colleague Michael O’Carroll of Graig. Comp. 5th Batt. Captain Padraig Quinn, Graignamanagh, was a member of Na-Fianna Eireann. He joined the Irish Volunteers on its incaption. He went onto be an active member of Sinn Fein, and then joined A Company Fifth Batt. Kilkenny Brigade I.R.A. when the Fifth Batt. set up a Flying Column he was one of the first to join and was involved in all its major operations including the Coolbawn & Uskerty Ambushes. On the formation of the National Army in 1922, he joined with the rank of Captain, and became O.C. C’company 47th Battalion Waterford Command.
In c. 1923 he married Miss Pearle Mackey of Gowran, when his best man was Michael O’Carroll, O.C. Graig Comp. 5th Batt. and Flying Column member, who fought with him at Coolbawn and Uskerty Ambushes.

Then in 1936 when Gen. Eoin O’Duffy organised for an Irish Brigade to fight in the Spanish Civil War, he joined, and experienced action for most of the war. On a later visit back to Spain, together with his comrades Peter Cleary and Seomas O’Cuinneaghan, 1948, they received an audience with the Spanish leader Gen. Franco, and he was presented with the extremely rare gilt and enamel cross “Al Merito Civile”. Captain Padraig Quinn died on 23 August, 1980.

* A unique and highly important historical collection. (1)

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