A member of F Company in the 1st Dublin Battalion of the Irish Volunteers, John McArdle took part in operations in the Cabra area of Dublin during the Easter Rising. He was sentenced to death on 11th May but this was reduced to three years penal servitude and he was interned until June 1917. He rejoined the republican movement upon his release from Pentonville Prison and assisted with election work for Sinn Féin. McArdle also participated in the War of Independence and briefly served with the National Army in the Civil War before being discharged in August 1922.
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