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Frank Thornton

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Frank Thornton – Buried in Glasnevin Cemetery

 Michael Collins established an IRA intelligence staff in 1919. The main figures in this were Paddy Daly, Gearoid O’Sullivan, Liam Tobin, Frank Thornton and Joe O’Reilly. Collins had also selected a group of Volunteers, known as the Squad. The Cairo Gang was a group of British Intelligence agents who were sent to Dublin during the Anglo-Irish War to conduct intelligence operations against prominent members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA). Twelve people, including British Army officers, Royal Irish Constabulary officers and a civilian informant, were assassinated on the morning of 21 November 1920 by the IRA in a planned series of simultaneous early-morning strikes engineered by Michael Collins. The events were to form the first killings of Bloody Sunday.

 

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