Tobias O'Sullivan

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Tobias O'Sullivan

Birthplace: County Galway, Ireland
Death: January 20, 1921 (43)
Listowel, Kerry, County Kerry, Ireland (Shot by Old IRA)
Place of Burial: Dublin, Dublin City, County Dublin, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Bernard Edward O'Sullivan and Sarah O'Sullivan
Husband of Mary O'Sullivan
Father of Bernard O'Sullivan; Sara Flynn and Private
Brother of Michael O'Sullivan; Catherine Smith; John O'Sullivan; James O'Sullivan; Elizabeth O'Sullivan and 3 others

Managed by: Terence O'Rourke
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About Tobias O'Sullivan

See the British Pathe video of Tobias's Funeral in 1921 at

In a chronological history of Ireland 1919- 1923 ( his death is described as folllows: "RIC District Inspector Tobias O'Sullivan is shot dead 20 yards from the Police Barracks in Listowel, Co. Kerry by members of the 6th Battalion, Kerry No. 1 (North) Brigade. (O'Sullivan had led the defense of Kilmallock RIC Barracks - see 28th May 1920.) Later, on the basis of information, eight men were arrested and four of these were found guilty. The information came from Miss Burke (who had to leave the country) and James Kane (see 11th June 1921). "
The ambush is also referred to in an Irish Examiner article at

In the 1901 and 1911 National Census's, policemen were not identified by their whole name, only initials. It seems Tobias in 1901 (born Co Galway, aged 21? able to speak Irish, which Tobias would having grown up in Doorus, outside Corrnamona) was in the Lettermacaward Barracks near Glenties, Co Donegal? - and if so, the 31 year old policeman in 1911, now an acting sergeant was in Maryborough (now Portlaoise) Barracks - see That would make him 40/ 41 when he was murdered in 1921

The O'Sullivans were from outside Corrnamona, Co Galway on the Doorus peninsula. In the 1901 and 1911 cenus returns there are a number of O'Sullivan families in the Cloonbrone townland on that peninsula. His family - The head of Houshold is Bernard O'Sullivan ( a widower in 1901) who buried his wife Sarah in Inchigoill Island (on Lough Corrib) in 1884? ( from a website about Galway / mayo grave inscriptions- - : "Inchagoill Island, Lough Corrib. While this is not strictly within the area of reference I quote from Francis J. Biggar who published two memorials in J.P.M.D., 1895, vol. 3, pp. 76-7: 1) Cave ne me tangas/ Pray for the soul of Patrick/ O’Sullivan who died in April 1849/ aged 55 years/ Erected by his son John 2) Cave ne me tangas/ Pray for the soul of Sarah/ O’Sullivan who died 26 May 1884/ aged 37 years/ Erected by her husband Bernard O’Sullivan

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Tobias O'Sullivan's Timeline

May 14, 1877
County Galway, Ireland
April 20, 1915
January 20, 1921
Age 43
Listowel, Kerry, County Kerry, Ireland
Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Dublin City, County Dublin, Ireland