Andy Cooney (b. - 1968)

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About Andy Cooney

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The following information from Wikipedia is unsourced and should be used only as a startng point to develop a better profile for Andy Cooney. In addition, he may not be buried at Glasnevin, since the cemetery has no records for an Andrew Cooney or an Andy Cooney who died in 1968. For what it's worth, the article says as follows:

Andrew Cooney (died in 1968) was an Irish Republican.

From Nenagh, Tipperary, Cooney began studying medicine at University College Dublin just as the Irish War of Independence was getting underway, and he played for a brief spell with the College's hurling team. As surrounding events intensified, he joined the Third Battalion of the Dublin Brigade of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). As a Tipperary native in Dublican, Cooney would have been certain, under normal circumstances, to have attended the challenge football match between these two counties on 21 November 1920.

It has been suggested, however, that Cooney was one of (or associated with) Michael Collins' "Twelve Apostles", who eliminated the members of the British Cairo Gang early that morning. Specifically, it is alledged that Cooney was part of an eight man IRA team which killed British Army Captain Leonard Price, a Major Dowling, a Captain Keenlyside (wounded) and two British Army Colonels, Woodcock (wounded) and Montgomery, who were staying in premises at 28 Pembroke Street, Dublin.

Later that day, in retaliation, the Auxilliaries killed about a dozen attendees at a football match between Tipperary and Dublin at Croke Park. The day's violence became known as Bloody Sunday. After the Anglo-Irish truce of July 1921, Cooney was appointed Officer Commanding (O/C) of the 1st Kerry Brigade, IRA, and reorgainzed it. He opposed the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 and in March 1922, and was appointed Commandant of the 1st Eastern Division of the anti-Treaty IRA in the Irish Civil War.

The same year he was captured by Free State forces and interned in Mountjoy Prison, where he became O/C of the prisoners in C Wing. He accepted responsibility for an attempted escape bid on 10 October 1923 in which a fellow prisoner Peader Breslin was killed and another man was wounded. He was released in 1924. Cooney replaced Frank Allen as Chief of Staff of the IRA in 1925, but after eight months in the role, he departed on a fund-raising trip to the United States. He soon returned, however, and won his only Fitzgibbon medal with UCD in 1927. An on-off decade of service for the UCD team ended when he qualified as a doctor in 1928.

In 1933 he unveiled the Terence Bellew McManus Memorial in the old Republican plot in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin. Thenceforth, semi-retired from the republican movement, Cooney continued to be a regular orator at gatherings, and he was a founder of the short-lived Cumann Poblachta na hEireann party in 1936. He emigrated to the USA in the 1940s and was assisted by veteran Irish republican Michael Flannery. Dr. Andrew Cooney died in the USA in 1968.

Assessment

Since none of the participants on either side of the Bloody Sunday affair were especially concerned about rigorously documenting who they were for the benefit of historians, this unsourced Wikipedia article may be the best information we have on the matter. The situation is different when it comes to the issue of where he was buried.

A well sourced Wikipedia article says he was buried at Glasnevin. The article has provided reliable information in the overwhelming majority of cases. However, none of the article's references support its assertion. The Glasnevin Cemetery search engine says that if he was transported to be buried in Glasnevin, it wasn't in 1968. Probably the only way to settle the issue for sure would be to walk the old Republican Plot and find out whether he is there. At the present time, his burial at Glasnevin is speculative, and references to Glasnevin have been deleted from his burial information

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