A member of F Company in the 1st Dublin Battalion of the Irish Volunteers, Fergus O’Connor fought in the Church Street area during the Easter Rising. Following the surrender, he was identified by two English soldiers whom he had guarded whilst prisoners and was court-martialled. Sentenced to then years penal servitude, of which seven were remitted, O’Connor was ultimately interned until June 1917, serving time in Dartmoor and Lewes prisons. He rejoined the Irish Volunteers upon his release but spent most of the subsequent years working for Sinn Féin and the republican courts.
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