Michael Toole fought with the Oranmore Company in the Galway Brigade during the Easter Rising. He was engaged in armed activity throughout the week, participating in the attack on Oranmore RIC Barracks and the occupation of the Athenry agricultural station. Following the surrender, he was detained in Richmond Barracks and Kilmainham Jail and later served time in Dartmoor, Lewes and Pentonville prisons. He was released from internment in June 1917 and participated in the War of Independence in Galway.
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