Philip John O'Sullivan MC

He was attached to the Inspector General's Office in Dublin Castle and was a qualified solicitor. Sturgis notes the shooting in his diary and records that he worked in "Cheesman's office".

1899 Born Kinsale

1901 census o'sullivan

1901 census Living with his parents at Denis Quay, Kinsale, his father is a solicitor

1911 o'sullivan

1911 census Living with his parents in Denis Quay, Kinsale. His father is a solicitor

o'sullivan rnvr

1918 Jun 8. Commissioned Temp Sub-Lt in RNVR. His father is given on his service record as next of kin, a solicitor, living at Denis Quay, Cork

1918 Jun 22. Training on HMS Hermione. Astraea-class 2nd-class cruiser, 4,360t, launched 1893. From August 1914 - Southampton guardship; from December 1916-1919 - HQ-ship for ML's and CMB's (coastal motor boats - MTB's) still based at Southampton

1918 Aug 22. Posted to "Our Allies" the mother ship for Motor Launches

Motor Launch 81

A similar Motor Launch

1918 Oct 2. The Second Battle of Durazzo. British and Italian aircraft attacked first by bombarding enemy troop concentrations and artillery batteries while the fleet was still steaming across the Adriatic. Afterwards several of the Italian and British cruisers formed a two-echelon line to begin their bombardment from about 8,000 yards off the coast. Meanwhile, the MAS boats and some American and British vessels attacked the three Austro-Hungarian naval ships. The action was mainly Italian, but the British had 5 light cruisers and 14 destroyers in action.

Altogether 580 motor launches were built by ELCO - the Electric Launch Company, then at Bayonne, New Jersey for the Royal Navy in World War 1. Types of vessels have been employed in this war, that were never thought likely to be used in warfare. The motor launches, built in America for use in the Royal Navy, were an example of these, manned by officers of the R.N.V.R. and men of the special Trawler Reserve. Varied have been their duties on different patrols. The boats were built with two Rolls-Royce petrol engines and had a 13 pound gun afore deck and a Lewis Machine Gun and also equipped with depth charges. Each Launch had a crew of 8 , a top speed of 19 knots and was highly manoeuvrable. Article on Motor Launches

"He won a Military Cross, a distinction rarely conferred on memebers of the Royal Navy. He served in the Mediterranean and Adriatic and was at the battle of Durazzo, was awarded an Italian bravery award and complimented by the Admiral of the Italian fleet."

1918 Nov 23. Duty in Motor Launch 386

1919 Jan 4. Posted to ML 530

1919 To Europa with ML 530.

1919 Jul 8 Demobilised on arrival in England. He appears to have been promoted Lt, but that was not allowed as he had not reached the age of 22.

1920 July. Joined RIC as 72109

1920 Oct 1. Promoted District Inspector 3. He was attached to the Inspector General's Office in Dublin Castle and was a qualified solicitor.

1920 Dec 17. Shot in Henry Street, Dublin. Ned Kelliher followed him for a Week, to determine the best time to shoot O'Sullivan. On the evening of the murder Kelliher identified O'Sullivan to the Squad, who included Joe Byrne, who was in the covering party. A passing army lorry took O'Sullivan to Jervis St hospital, where he died. Miss Moore had told him of her warning, but he did not attach much significance to it.

Con Brosnan was one who told the story of his involvement in the shooting of District Inspector (DI) Tobias O’Sullivan in Listowel in January 1921. O’Sullivan usually walked home for his dinner. Brosnan and two others waited inside a pub for a colleague to signal the DI’s approach from across the street.

When they got the signal, they rushed out with their pistols at the ready and killed the DI in a hail of bullets. It was only in the midst of the firing that Brosnan realised O’Sullivan was holding his five-year-old son by the hand. Although the boy was physically unharmed, one sensed that Con Brosnan never got over that day and regretted what happened for the rest of his life, especially after he had children of his own.

Brosnan was a captain in the Free State Army in north Kerry during the civil war. Afterwards he devoted much of his energy to football and he ensured a safe conduct for republicans to play games.

He joined with republican players like John Joe Sheehy and Joe Barrett. Together they used football to help overcome the bitterness. John Joe Sheehy captained Kerry to all-Ireland success in 1924, just one year after the civil war ended.

In 1929, Joe Barrett captained Kerry to the initial win of their first four-in-a-row. He was selected as captain again in 1931, but he gave the captaincy to Con Brosnan in recognition of the latter’s magnificent contribution to Kerry both on the football field and off.

On 23 January, in response to the IRA assassination of RIC District Inspector Sullivan (who was shot while walking with his five year old son), 1,000 soldiers and armed police surrounded Ballymacelligott, arrested 240 men and marched them to Tralee for questioning. British forces, especially the Auxiliaries, also carried out a number of reprisal shootings on local civilians.

1920 Dec 20. He was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin on 20 December 1920.