A Forgotten Limerick Man, Sir Thomas Myles

Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society

8pm Monday 9 March 2015, Room T.1.17 in the TARA building at Mary Immaculate College

by Paddy Waldron

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The Myles family of Limerick

The Myles name in Limerick today

Sir Thomas Myles (1857-1937)

Sir Thomas Myles
George Ferdinand Shaw

1913/1914 Timeline

What were the guns for or against?

The crews of the three yachts

The Limerick people aboard

Conor O Brien and Kitty O Brien were siblings.

Mary Spring-Rice was their second cousin.

All three were greatgrandchildren of Thomas Spring-Rice, 1st Baron Monteagle (1790-1866), and all three were born in London, as their parents were essentially absentee landlords!

Monteagle's statue stands in the People's Park, Pery Square:

Rice's Memorial
Rice's Memorial
Cahill and Fitzsimons were neighbours from Foynes employed by O'Brien.

After the gun-running

On the beach at Kilcoole, a bronze plaque on a granite boulder reminds the visitor of the events that took place there in 1914. Sir Thomas Myles is named on the Kilcoole monument.


None of the six Limerick gunrunners produced any offspring.  Four of the six were members of the Church of Ireland.

Mount Trenchard Memorial Committee

Unveiling of monument took place at 2p.m. Sunday 21 September 2014.

Mount Trenchard Memorial