Patrick Mangan

Employed as an engine cleaner with the Great Southern and Western Railway Company, Mangan was a Private with the Kildare Brigade, IRA during the Civil War. He was executed at The Curragh, County Kildare on 19 December 1922. Home address recorded as Fair Green, Kildare. 

Jane Mangan, mother, was awarded a dependents’ gratuity of £112.10.0.

Family Circumstances

The report from the Army Pensions Board investigation officer notes that while Jane did not have a private income at the time of Patrick’s death her husband was employed on Tully stud farm earning £1 and 18 shillings per week. Two other sons, Thomas and Michael, were employed on the railway each earning £1 and 15 shillings per week. Her daughter, Jane Mary, was employed by the Christian Brothers. Added to this Patrick’s income and the overall income of the family was estimated to be £8.15.0 per week. 

Patrick’s execution had both a psychological and financial impact on the rest of the family. Jane writes that following Patrick’s death his father “became insane and had to be removed to Carlow Lunatic Asylum” where he died some two years later.  One of her other sons, Thomas, was arrested and interned in Hare Park in the Curragh, County Kildare for sixteen months. She goes on to claim that Jane Mary was required to leave her position with the Christian Brothers “by order of the parish priest”. The investigation officer estimated that the weekly family income fell by some £7 per week in the months after Patrick’s death.

By the time of Jane’s application she was renting a railway cottage at a cost of 1 shilling and 6 pence per week. Thomas was married and living apart from his mother and unable to contribute to her financially. Her two daughters, Margaret and Elizabeth were living at home and unemployed. Her other son Michael was employed as a labourer in the Curragh Camp by the Board of Works and earned £2.9.0 a week.

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