Joseph Howley was a member of the local Irish Volunteers at Oranmore, County Galway. Howley mobilized and led a combined contingent of 106 Volunteers from Oranmore Including Tommy Furey and neighboring Maree on Easter Tuesday morning of the 1916 Easter Rising. Their plan was to attack the Oranmore barracks. The company failed to capture the barracks, and his men to join those of Liam Mellows.
Joseph was shot dead by the R.I.C at the Broadstone Railway Station in Dublin, Ireland, on December 4, 1920 A special Intelligence Unit attached to the RIC known as the Cairo Gang was responsible. A memorial statue to Howley was erected in 1947 in Howley Court in Oranmore. The inscription reads:
Comdt. Joseph Howley. He led his volunteers in Easter week 1916 and was murdered by English agents at the Broadstone Dublin 1920.
Erected in 1947 by his old comrades of 1916 - 1920.
- Pádraig Ó Fathaigh
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- Howley Statue Picture
- IrishWarMemorials.ie - Howley Memorial - Oranmore
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