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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.[1] The company failed to capture the barracks, and his men to join those of Liam Mellows.[2]

Joseph was shot dead by the R.I.C at the Broadstone Railway Station in Dublin, Ireland, on December 4, 1920[3] A special Intelligence Unit attached to the RIC known as the Cairo Gang was responsible.[4] A memorial statue to Howley was erected in 1947 in Howley Court in Oranmore.[5] 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.[6]

See also[]

  • Pádraig Ó Fathaigh


  1. Land and Revolution: Nationalist Politics in the West of Ireland 1891-1921, Fergus Campbell, Oxford University Press, 2005; ISBN 0-19-927324-3 page 210.
  2. Galway City Council - Heritage Magazine - Summer 2006 - Page 27[1]
  3. The History of Galway, by Sean Spellissy, ISBN 0-9534683-3-X, Celtic Bookshop, (1999), page 131.
  4. Pádraig Ó Fathaigh's War of Independence: Recollections of a Galway Gaelic Leaguer, Timothy G. McMahon, Cork University Press, 2000; ISBN 1-85918-145-7
  5. Howley Statue Picture
  6. - Howley Memorial - Oranmore

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