The Last Letter of Frank Cunnane of Headford

One of the six Anti-treaty soldiers executed at the Tuam Workhouse on 11 April, 1923

Hilary Kiely/GMIT/GCC

Frank Cunnane
Oughterard Heritage

Frank Cunnane was one of six Anti-treaty soldiers executed on the morning of 11 April, 1923 by Free State forces, in part in retaliation for a deadly attack on the Free State Army Barracks in Headford, The letter he wrote to his mother on the eve of his execution inspired this song, Dutiful Son.

Dutiful Son by Niall Teague and the Fast Company


A transciption of the letter can be found here.

For more information regarding the discovery of the letter, kept safe behind a kitchen cupboard, please visit the Moore Group.

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