Michael O'Hanrahan

Michael O'Hanrahan (1877 - 1916)

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Michael O'Hanrahan
Born in New Ross, county Wexford, Irelandmap
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Died in Kilmainham, Dublin, Irelandmap
Profile last modified | Created 15 Mar 2016 | Last significant change: 23 Nov 2018
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Micheál Ó hAnnrachain

Michael O'Hanrahan was born 16 Jan 1877 in New Ross, County Wexford, Ireland, the son of Richard O’Hanrahan and Mary Williams. [1]

The family moved to Carlow, near Dublin, where Michael attended Carlow Christian Brothers’ School and the Carlow College Academy.

Michael joined the Gaelic League in 1898, establishing a branch in Carlow. He taught Irish at the Catholic Institute, and began to use the Irish form of his name, Micheál Ó hAnnracháin.

By 1903 he had moved to Dublin where he worked as a proof-reader for Cló Cumann which produced Gaelic League publications. He became a freelance journalist for various nationalist newspapers, including Sinn Féin and the Irish Volunteer, his pseudonyms ‘Art’ and ‘Irish Reader’. He wrote two historical novels, A Swordsman of the Brigade in 1914 and When the Norman Came in 1918. He had become quite active as a political radical, joining Maud Gonne and Arthur Griffiths' protests against the visit of King Edward VII to Ireland.

Michael O’Hanrahan joined the Sinn Féin political party and was sworn into the Irish Republican Brotherhood. He joined the Irish Volunteers on their formation in November 1913, and became an administrator on the headquarters staff. He became quartermaster- general of the 2nd Battalion of which Thomas MacDonagh was commandant.

At the 1916 Easter Rising, Michael O’Hanrahan served in Jacob’s biscuit factory where he was third in command under Thomas MacDonagh and Major John MacBride. He was taken into custody following the surrender of the Jacob’s garrison on Sunday, 30 April, tried by court-martial and executed by firing squad at Kilmainham Jail on the 4th May. He was 39 years old.

His brother Henry O'Hanrahan, who served with him in Jacob’s Biscuit Factory, was also sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment.

NOTE:Find A Grave: Memorial #4270 has dob 17 March - many Irish people like to use 17 March as their DOB.


  1. birth was not registered until 8 Jun 1877, New Ross birth register https://civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie/churchrecords/images/birth_returns/births_1877/03006/2102128.pdf

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