Oglaigh na hEireann (The Irish Volunteers)
A very good selection of original Irish Volunteers and related membership cards, all issued to James Mallon or Mallin of 21a (later 8) George’s Quay in Dublin, as follows:
Irish Volunteers. Membership card 1913-14, blue, no. 26, enrolled 4 Dec. 1913, weekly subs. entered to March 1914 with confirming initials;
Irish Volunteers. Membership card 1914, blue, weekly subs. March-June 1914;
Irish Volunteers. Membership card 1914, blue, weekly subs. June-Sept. 1914.
Irish Volunteers. Membership card 1916, blue, weekly subs. 1.2.16-11.4.16 (last sub. dated two weeks before the Rising).
Irish Volunteers. Membership card 1917-18, no. 9183, red, subs. Aug. 1917-May 1918.
Ieish Volunteers. Membership card 1919, no. 49839, green, two subs. Oct.-Nov.
Sinn Fein, An Chomhairle Naisiunta. Membership card 1917, subs. July-Sep., Thomas Davis Craobh.
“1916” Club, 1922. Membership card, green, entrance fee and one subscription paid.
All circa 4 x 3 ins, folding, all in good condition (8).
James Mallon had a hairdressing business at George’s Quay in Dublin; he was married with one son. An early member of the Irish Volunteers, he served in the Rising at Boland’s Mills with ‘B’ company, 3rd Battalion, Dublin Brigade. He was interned afterwards at Frongoch and later at Ballykinlar. After independence he became a Lieutenant in the National Army.
It is very unusual to find so long a run of Volunteer membership cards issued to one individual, as many were lost or destroyed.
Mallon is sometimes described as ‘the Frongoch barber’
Provenance: Mallon family, by descent.