Con & Jeremiah Delaney Victims Of Burning Of Cork By Black & Tans
A cruel and horrific deed that shocked many nations around the world was perpetuated on two young Corkmen as they lay asleep in their parental farmhouse home on the northern outskirts of Cork city on 12th December 1920.
On the same night the historic ‘Burning of Cork’ was carried out by rampaging British troops and on the following morning Cork citizens awoke to one of the darkest mornings of Ireland’s eight hundred years struggle for freedom.
Con and Jeremiah Delaney worked on the family farm. The family were known for their passion for Gaelic sport and Irish cultural music. Their lands were generously made available to the local community whenever needed to stage cultural and sporting events arose for parishioners.
Daniel and Julia Delaney had two sons and four daughters and Julia’s brother, William Dunlea, also lived at the family farmhouse.
The brothers were volunteers of ‘F’ Company 1st Cork Battalion and the pursuit of Irish freedom was a major objective for all Cork nationalists and also the two Delaney brothers. When the British army came knocking on their door at 2 a.m. they were eventually admitted by Mr. Daniel Delaney and he was immediately interrogated about his two republican sons whereabouts on the night and also the other occupants of the household
Following the interrogation British troops carried out a house search and upon finding three men asleep in an upstairs room, the men were ordered out of their beds and marched out of the house at gunpoint. As they were each commanded to identify themselves with rifles pointed at them, they were instantly rifled at point blank range.
Jeremiah Delaney died instantly and Con battled for survival for six days and later died at Cork’s Mercy Hospital. William Dunlea, their uncle, survived two superficial wounds.
After the massacre the troops, with their faces covered to avoid recognition, then obstructed the family securing spiritual and medical aid and it was 6 a.m. some four hours after the shooting, before Con was taken from the house in a coma.
The Delaney brothers were active playing members of their local Kilbarry Hurling Club and played Gaelic Football with the Dublin Pike Football Club.
Delaney’s, a Cork G.A.A. club in the family locality, now commemorates the brothers name and a local housing estate also commemorates the family name.
The funerals of the Delaney brothers brought the city of Cork to a standstill and it was proclaimed in republican Cork surrounds that the two brothers were easy prey to justify British retaliation.
The Black and Tan British brigade were a collection of British criminals let loose on Irish people to crush the Irish War of Independence. The brothers were buried at the Republican Plot at St. Finbarr’s Cemetry, Cork.