Born in 1895, Liam Tannam was a member of the IRB and Captain of E Company in the 3rd Dublin Battalion of the Irish Volunteers by the age of 20. He fought in the Sackville Street area during the Easter Rising, taking up positions in Reis’s Chambers and later in the tower of the Dublin Bread Company, where he engaged with a machine gun firing from Trinity College. He subsequently returned to the GPO and assisted with the evacuation on Friday evening. After being detained in Kilmainham Gaol and Richmond Barracks, Tannam was interned in Knutsford and Frongoch until December 1916. He played a prominent role in reorganising the Volunteers in Dublin following his release but was arrested in December 1918 and subsequently spent large parts of the War of Independence on leave due to his wife’s illness. He sided with the republicans during the Civil War and, after being arrested in December 1922, was interned until November 1923.
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