A native of Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry, Denis Daly was sworn into the IRB whilst working for the post office in London and later joined the Kimmage Garrison in advance of the Easter Rising. On Good Friday, 1916, he led a party to Kerry with the intention of commandeering a wireless transmitter and assisting Roger Casement with the intake of smuggled German arms. The party split into two cars, one of which was driven over Ballykissane Pier. Daly was in the other car and returned to Dublin, where he acted as a sniper in the GPO during the Rising. Interned in Stafford Jail and Frongoch prison camp until December 1916, Daly returned to Kerry where he played a leading role in his local battalion of the IRA and was involved in a number of operations during the War of Independence. He fought with the republican side during the Civil War, but was arrested in March 1923 and interned for a year thereafter.
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