Richard Gogan

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Press photo of Richard Gogan circa 1960
Press photo of Richard Gogan TD circa 1960

Richard "Dick" Gogan (29 November 1899 – 28 April 1982) was a member of the Irish Volunteers who fought in the 1916 Easter Rising.[1] In later life, he became a Fianna Fáil politician.[2] He was the son of William J Gogan and was married to Kitty Gogan.[3]

1916 Easter Rising[edit]

Gogan was a member of B company, 1st Battalion Irish Volunteers commanded by Edward Daly.[4] He saw action at Cabra and at the General Post Office (GPO).[5] On Easter Monday, 24 April 1916, he was part of a unit that were tasked to take control of three bridges into Dublin, at the North Circular Road, Cabra Road and Cross Guns Bridge on Phibsboro Road.[4] They came under machine gun and artillery fire from nearby British military units, and an artillery piece sprayed their barricade with shrapnel[6] after which they escaped and took shelter near Ben Eavin House in Glasnevin.[7] At some point in the early hours of 25 April 1916, he left along with Jack Price, PJ Corless and his brother Vincent.[7]

The next report of his participation in the Rising is at the GPO in Sackville (now O’Connell) Street.[8] Early in the morning of Friday 28 April, he volunteered as a stretcher-bearer to carry the wounded James Connolly out of the GPO, which was by then on fire. Under heavy machine-gun fire, he and two others (Sean Price and Paddy Ryan) carried Connolly to an Irish Volunteer position in a mineral water factory on Henry Place.[9]

Prior to the Rising, there is a report of Gogan working in a bomb factory at a house called 'Cluny'[10] in Clontarf which was used as a Irish Volunteers' munitions base.[11]

Political career[edit]

Gogan was first elected to Dáil Éireann as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin North-West constituency at the 1954 general election, having previously unsuccessfully contested the 1948 and 1951 general elections.[12] Gogan held his seat at every subsequent election until he lost his seat at the 1977 general election in the new Dublin Cabra constituency.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "G - The 1916 Proclamation". The 1916 Proclamation. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Mr Richard Gogan". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 19 October 2008. 
  3. ^ "Context: Postcard to William J. Gogan in Mountjoy Prison from...". catalogue.nli.ie. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Golden, Jerry (26 May 1951). "Eyewitness account of the 1916 Easter Rising" (PDF). Irish Bureau of Military History eyewitness accounts of the 1916 Easter Rising. Irish Bureau of Military History. p. 22. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Price, Sean (17 December 1952). "Eyewitness account of the 1916 Easter Rising" (PDF). Irish Bureau of Military History eyewitness accounts of the 1916 Easter Rising. Irish Bureau of Military History. p. 8. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  6. ^ Golden, Jerry (26 May 1951). "Eyewitness account of the 1916 Easter Rising" (PDF). Irish Bureau of Military History eyewitness accounts of the 1916 Easter Rising. Irish Bureau of Military History. p. 21. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Golden, Jerry (26 May 1951). "Eyewitness account of the 1916 Easter Rising" (PDF). Irish Bureau of Military History eyewitness accounts of the 1916 Easter Rising. Irish Bureau of Military History. p. 23. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  8. ^ O'Sullivan, Seamus (1 June 1950). "Eyewitness account of the 1916 Easter Rising" (PDF). Irish Bureau of Military History eyewitness accounts of the 1916 Easter Rising. Irish Bureau of Military History. p. 13. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Price, Seán (17 December 1952). "Eyewitness account of the 1916 Easter Rising" (PDF). Irish Bureau of Military History eyewitness accounts of the 1916 Easter Rising. Irish Bureau of Military History. p. 5. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  10. ^ Daly, Francis (14 July 1949). "Eyewitness account of the 1916 Easter Rising" (PDF). Irish Bureau of Military History eyewitness accounts of the 1916 Easter Rising. Irish Bureau of Military History. p. 7. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  11. ^ Francis, Daly (14 July 1949). "Eyewitness account of the 1916 Easter Rising" (PDF). Irish Bureau of Military History eyewitness accounts of the 1916 Easter Rising. Irish Bureau of Military History. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  12. ^ "Richard Gogan". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 19 October 2008.