Daniel Finbar Hallinan

1885 Born Cork. When Daniel Finbar Hallinan was born his father, Daniel, was 40 and his mother, Catherine/Kate, was 23.

1901 census at 7 Saint Mary's Terrace , Cork

1906 Dec. He married Frances Daunt in Cork. They had eight children in 20 years.

1911 census at 8 Clashduff, Bishopstown, Cork

1917 Joins Plasterer's Union

First name(s) Daniel
Last name Hallinan
Birth year 1885
Admission year 1917
Age 32
Occupation/grade Slater & Plasterer
Trade Railway workers
Union name National Union of Railwaymen
Union branch Cork 3

He became Capt and O/C of H Coy, 1st Battalion of IRA in Caok

1921 Jul 10. The Cork executions of 4 British soldiers just before the truce. Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc sent me a copy of an article he wrote for History Ireland in which he says

The verifiable facts are that the soldiers left the British Army post at Cork Jail. They were travelling on foot and were unarmed. At 8 pm they were captured by a patrol of seven IRA volunteers who had been searching an area from Donovan’s Bridge along the Western Road in search of a suspected civilian informer. The only surviving account of the executions by an IRA participant is the official report sent to the IRA GHQ which gave no indication as to the grounds on which the execution was carried out. It simply reads: ‘We held up four soldiers (2 Royal Engineers, 2 Staffordshires) and searched them but found no arms. We took them to a field in our area where they were executed before 9 p.m.’ The author of this report, the Captain of H Company, 1st Battalion, Cork City Brigade, had led the operation and ordered the executions. However, like most contemporary IRA reports, it was signed with his rank, not his name which made it practically impossible to identify him. The recent release of the IRA Organisation and Membership Files by the Military Archives enables us for the first time to identify those who held rank in IRA at the time of the Truce.

The British soldiers who had killed Spriggs were members of the South Staffordshire Regiment. Two of the British soldiers killed at Ellis quarry the following night, Daker and Morris were also South Staffordshires. Hallinan who ordered their execution appears to have known Denis Spriggs personally. As well as being members of the same IRA Battalion, both Hallinan and Spriggs worked as plasterers and were involved in the Cork Plasterers’ Union. All of the previous multiple shootings of off-duty British soldiers in Cork had been reprisals to avenge local IRA Volunteers killed while prisoners in British custody. These facts suggest that, far from being a pointless and unprovoked mass murderer the Ellis Quarry killings were a reprisal for the killing of Spriggs. Daniel Hallinan was expelled from the IRA during the Truce period, he was exiled from Cork and went to Dublin to enlist in the Civic Guard Ireland's new pro-Treaty police force. Hallinan was quickly promoted to the rank of Superintendent but his career as a police officer was short-lived.

1922 Nov 15. Appointed DI at Carlow. Inspector Dan Hallinan was the first Inspector to arrive on the 15th November, 1922. He was replaced in June, 1923, by Inspector Harry McGann. Hananan then moved to Waterford where he became a Superintendant.

1925. Jan. He was expelled from the force for indiscipline. Hallinan returned to Cork and resumed his previous trade as a plasterer.

1932 Hallinan was brought to court charged with the theft of funds belonging to the Operative Plasters and Tilers Society. He was declared bankrupt shortly afterwards and served a term of imprisonment in Cork Jail.

1942 Oct 13. He died in Cork, at the age of 57.


Cork Executions