Remembering Harry Boland - Irish Civil War
Harry Boland was born at 6 Dalysmount Terrace, Phibsborough, Dublin, on April 27th1887, the son of Irish Republican Brotherhood member James Boland and Kate Woods.
Boland was educated at the Synge Street CBS but had a personality clash with one of the brothers, so he refused to carry on his attendance at the school. He then went to De la Salle College, County Laois.
Boland was active in GAA circles in early life and refereed the 1914 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final. He joined the IRB at the same time as his older brother Gerry in 1904, following in the footsteps of his father, uncle and probably grandfather.
Boland later joined the Irish Volunteers along with Gerry and his younger brother Ned. They took an active part in the Easter Rising of 1916.
In the General election of 1918, Harry was elected as an MP for South Roscommon, but because he stood for Sinn Fein, he did not take his seat in Westminster but instead became a TD in the 1st Dail of 1919.
Éamon de Valera named Boland as special envoy to the United States and much to the dismay of Collins, Boland accompanied de Valera on a tour of the united states in June 1919.
During the tan war, Boland was very close to Michael Collins and helped him plan operations against the crown forces in Dublin.
Boland was against the treaty and took the Republican side during the civil war, and was re-elected to the Dáil, representing Mayo South–Roscommon South.
Boland was shot by soldiers of the Irish Free State Army when they attempted to arrest him at the Skerries Grand Hotel. Two Free State Army officers entered his room and Boland, unarmed, was shot and mortally wounded.
He died several days later in St. Vincent's Hospital. As he lay dying, he refused to give the name of his attacker to his sister, Kathleen.
Boland was buried at Glasnevin Cemetery. The service took place from the Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church. The hearse was followed by Cumann na mBan, Clan na Gael and the Citizen Army women's section.