Francis Daly was a member of B Company in the 1st Dublin Battalion of the Irish Volunteers. A centre of the IRB’s Fintan Lalor Circle, he manufactured explosives in Cluny House in Clontarf in advance of the Easter Rising. Daly only linked up with his battalion briefly during Easter week, inspecting barricades in the Four Courts and Church Street areas. He spent most of his time transporting explosives throughout the city, as well as sabotaging railway lines and telegraph wires. He subsequently joined the attack on Ashbourne RIC Barracks before being captured. Interned in Wakefield Prison and Frongoch camp, Daly remained active in Irish republicanism, taking part in attacks and surveillance operations in Dublin during the War of Independence. He fought with the anti-Treaty at the beginning of the Civil War, but spent most of the conflict in prison.
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