Researching the surname Flood


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John Flood, Dublin

Researcher: Brian Flood

My uncle , Francis Xavier Flood, a student at University College Dublin, aged 19, and a Lieut. in the IRA ,was excuted in 1921 during the Irish war of Independence.
He lived in Dublin and his father's name was John Flood , I think his mother's name was Sarah. They had 11 children , 9 of whom survived. Their names  
included, Mary Christine, Peter Vincent, Valentine Aloyius, Sean and Thomas.
John Flood was born in 1859 and died in 1939. He lived in Dublin .His father's name was Valintine, however I don't know what part of the country he came from.

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Frank Flood lived at 30 Summerhill Parade, in Dublin.
He was a brilliant engineering student in his second
year at University

 College Dublin, where he had become firm friends with Kevin Barry. Frank had served in the same "H" Company as his friend but had recently been promoted to 1st Lieutenant of the Active Service Unit. Frank was one of eight boys, most of whom were involved in the Volunteers. The eldest brother, Sean, served five years in Peterhead Prison, Scotland, for his participation in an attempt to rescue men under sentence of death in Derry. He died shortly after his release.

Another brother, Commandant Peter Flood, lead the National Army into what is now Collins barracks during the take over from the British after the Treaty. Thomas Flood was arrested during the attack on the Custom House and with five comrades was charged with treason. The night before the trial, he awoke with appendicitis and was operated on in the King George V Hospital, causing the trial to be put back to a later date. On the day before the Court Martial the Truce was declared, thus saving all six Volunteers and sparing Thomas from suffering the same fate as Frank.

The last member of the Drumcondra prisoners was 17-year-old Dermot O'Sullivan.

On Friday, January 21, these five men and half a dozen of their comrades from the 1st Battalion, moved into positions near the Tolka Bridge, on the main road leading north from Dublin. From here they hoped to attack one of the many RIC patrols which used the road to drive to and from their base at Gormanstown, near Drogheda.

The Volunteers loop-holed a brick wall and a fence near the bridge and constructed a trench inside the wall. Their movements, however, attracted suspicion, the authorities were informed, and a large number of Auxiliaries were despatched to the scene. In the meantime, the ambushers had commenced an attack upon two lorry-loads of RIC constables, who returned fire until the vehicles were able to accelerate out of range. It was now, as the Volunteers were dispersing, that the Auxiliaries arrived at the rear of the Volunteers and cut off their escape. Some managed to dash across fields to safety but others were arrested as they attempted to seek refuge in houses in the vicinity. All of the prisoners were found in possession of revolvers and ammunition, while Frank Flood was also found to have a grenade in his pocket.

Kevin Barry and the Forgotten 10

Shane Doyle
Templeogue College, Dublin

Shane Doyle is a Transition Year pupil in Templeogue College, Dublin. He spent his TY work experience with Student Xpress.

A few weekends ago we witnessed the historic reburial of ten of the heroes of the War of Independence, the Forgotten Ten. Amid tensions in the North, warfare in Afghanistan and the terror of biochemical death this country put aside these things and, if only of a short time, honoured men who fought for independence over 80 years ago. For countless generations independence was a dream and people like Kevin Barry, Patrick Moran, Thomas Whelan, Patrick Doyle, Bernard Ryan, Thomas Bryan, Frank Flood, Thomas Traynor, Edmond Foley, and Patrick Maher made it a reality. We owe our freedom and our peace of mind to these young heroes who fought and died for a nation that was alive in their hearts.

The execution of Kevin Barry, on 1st of November, was the first during the reign of the Black and Tans and occurred just one week after the death of the Lord Mayor of Cork, Terence MacSwiney, in Brixton Jail, following a 74 day hunger strike. The execution of this 19 year-old medical student was to stir up a public already at fever pitch after Balbriggan had been burned. The Cork and Kerrymen's Associations got together in New York and had the story put into every American newspaper from coast to coast.

Kevin Barry was taking part in an ambush on 20th September when he was captured. He and Frank Flood were among 24 men chosen to disarm 8 soldiers and burn the lorry they were using to collect bread from a bakery. Barry was supposed to be sitting his final repeat medical exam at 2pm that day. Unfortunately he never arrived. The raid went badly, no weapons were taken and Barry was captured. The night before his execution there was a vigil outside the prison, led by Father Albert of UCD. Barry's sister, Kathy, noted that there were "hundreds of students from UCD" there.

Four months later the decision to hang 6 more volunteers, 2 on the hour every hour only three days before Saint Patrick's Day. These 6 were Thomas Bryan, Patrick Doyle, Frank Flood, Bernard Ryan, Thomas Whelan and Patrick Moran. It is generally accepted that Moran, although a veteran of 1916, had nothing to do with the Bloody Sunday assassinations in November 1920 of which he was accused. Frank Flood led a 6 man ambush on a Black and Tan squad collecting pay for British troops at Gormanstown (known as the Drumcondra ambush). The Black and Tans were an hour and a half late and in the intervening time the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) had spotted the rebels. In the ensuing battle, they were attacked by both the DMP and the Black and Tans, Mick Magee of Arbour Hill was fatally wounded and the rest were captured. Dermot O'Sullivan had his death sentence commuted because he was only seventeen. The 6 were executed on March 14, 1921. The impact of the six men, hung in twos, on any who saw it cannot be understated. It was later used as an argument to accept the Treaty on the basis "that we never want to see this again, and Lloyd George's threat of immediate and terrible war is no idle threat".

The remaining three were Thomas Traynor (hanged April 26, 1921) and the "Galtee boys" Edward Foley and Patrick Maher. Foley and Maher were hanged for their alleged involvement in a raid at Knocklong railway station two years earlier. It was during this raid that the legendary Sean Hogan was rescued. The two men penned a joint statement on the eve of their executions saying, "We are to be executed at seven o'clock in the morning, and our bodies when Ireland is free, shall go to Galbally."

Nine of the ten men were reburied in Glasnevin Cemetery. Patrick Maher was be reburied in Balylanders, Co Limerick. The State funeral in Glasnevin went off with a surprising lack off turbulence. The only real disruption occurred when Gardaí refused to allow any but those invited into the Cemetery. They were heckled by Republican supporters but there were no serious incidents. The arrival of Mr Gerry Adams and his colleagues was greeted by loud cheering by Sinn Féin supporters. However, the Taoiseach speech was heard in a respectful silence.

The reburial of these ten men has been described as "discharging a debt of honour that stretches back eighty years," by the Taoiseach. This, the repayment of a longstanding debt to these men and many hundreds more who took up the cause for independence, should be remembered with pride and a solemn thanks by each and every Irish person who takes pride in his or her independence and nation.


The Irish Independent                                                     21 December 1972

The man who led The first Irish troops

A GOLDEN JUBILEE could have been celebrated on Sunday last, but wasn't. On Sunday, December 17, 1922, the last regiments of British troops evacuated Dublin. No fewer than 18  military  establishments changed hands on that day; eighteen Union Jacks were lowered for the last time, and eighteen Tricolours were raised in their places.  The bitter history which began with Strongbow had ended — or should have ended.

This significant event was not ceremoniously remembered on Sunday last, December 17, 1972.  Instead, there was the usual crop of commemorations for men who died in the civil war. Would it not have been better, and certainly less conducive to the keeping of old sores open, to have marked the evacuation?

Brother John Flood of the Marist Brothers would, I'm sure, say it would.. As Captain Peter Flood, he had the honour of leading the first Irish troops into Collins Barracks, then. the Royal Barracks, that December day in 1922, The honour was fitting to a Flood, for one of his brothers, Frank, an engineering student at U.C.D.,. had been hanged in Mountjoy for his part in an . ambush on British forces at Drumcondra.

Another brother, Sean, had been given a sentence of ten years' penal servitude for his activities in the fight for independence, and two more, Eridie and Tom, were awaiting trial for treason when the Truce was declared. The Floods had done their duty, and •Captain Peter -was a fit choice for leading Irish troops into a major British military establishment .in. the city. .

Brother John Flood, F.M.S.

A few years later, Captain Flood left the Army and joined the Marist Order. Subsequently he spent 25 years on the mission field in China, and. now he's full of life in retirement at Moyle Park College, Dublin. Had the mass evacuation been commemorated on Sunday, be would I.have been an honoured, participant.

Talking of commemorations, is it not time to call an end to all the annual events which take place, and to set one day aside for remembering evervone who has died to attain Irish indepen­dence? Endless commemorations show an un­healthy preoccupation with a past which is often best forgotten; it is even worse when public men in high places pay tribute at the graves of men who, had they lived, would in many cases have become subjects for Special Courts and the Curragh.

Captain John P. Flood in the early 1920s