Employed as an engineer with the Great Southern and Western Railway, Joseph O’Gorman joined the Irish Volunteers at their inaugural meeting in the Rotunda in November 1913. A member of F Company in the 4th Dublin Battalion, he was stationed in Jameson’s Distillery and the South Dublin Union during the Easter Rising. He was wounded in the leg over the course of the week and, after receiving treatment in Dublin Castle Hospital, he was interned in Kilmainham Gaol, Knutsford Prison and Frongoch camp. Released in August 1916, O’Gorman rejoined the Volunteers and assisted with Sinn Féin’s election campaigns in East Clare and Sligo. He participated in the War of Independence and Civil War, fighting with the republican side in the opening stages of the latter conflict.
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