Thomas Ryan (Irish Army officer)

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Thomas (Tommy) Ryan (1893-1980), was born in Tubrid, County Tipperary, and fought during the Irish War of Independence attached to the 6th (after Dec. 1920 redesignated as 5th) [1] Battalion, (Cahir), Third Tipperary Brigade, I.R.A..
Tommy Ryan was part of the Tipperary Gaelic football team which played against Dublin in Croke Park on November 21, 1920. This day has become known as Bloody Sunday as the British military invaded the pitch as a reprisal for the assassination of the Cairo Gang. After this date Ryan went on the run and joined Seán Hogan's number 2 flying column. After the Anglo-Irish Treaty, he sided with the Government forces and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Irish Defence Forces. On his death he was buried with full military honours at the churchyard of his native village of Ballylooby.

Tubrid Town in Munster, Ireland

Tubrid or Tubbrid was formerly a civil and ecclesiastical parish situated between the towns of Cahir and Clogheen in County Tipperary, Ireland. A cluster of architectural remains at the old settlement still known as Tubrid includes an ancient cemetery and two ruined churches of regional historical significance.

County Tipperary County in the Republic of Ireland

County Tipperary is a county in Ireland. It is located in the province of Munster. The county is named after the town of Tipperary, and was established in the early thirteenth century, shortly after the Norman invasion of Ireland. The population of the county was 159,553 at the 2016 census. The largest towns are Clonmel, Nenagh and Thurles.

Irish War of Independence Guerrilla war (1919-1921) between the IRA and British forces, ended by the Anglo-Irish Treaty

The Irish War of Independence or Anglo-Irish War was a guerrilla war fought in Ireland from 1919 to 1921 between the Irish Republican Army and British forces: the British Army, along with the quasi-military Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) and its paramilitary forces the Auxiliaries and Ulster Special Constabulary (USC). It was an escalation of the Irish revolutionary period into warfare.


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  1. Ryan, Thomas, Lt. Col.: One Man's Flying Column 2 : Tipperary Historical Journal: pub. County Tipperary Historical Society :1992