This gallery features photos of Carndonagh people who have been involved in the LDF, the FCA, the Irish Army and the navy.
Inishowen Local Defence ForceA group photo of the Inishowen Local Defence Force, c. 1940s, in Clonmany.
Local Defence Force 1945Back L-R: Dr. J. Devlin, Joe Mc Bride, Jim Mc Carroll;
Centre: Jim McIvor, M. D. White, Mousie Hegarty, Jack Quigley, Mick Fleming, Sergeant Burns;
Front: John Mc Laughlin, P. H. Doherty, Fr. Bonner, Commdt. Cunningham, Paddy Mc Ginn, Niall P. O'Doherty.
American Air Force Plane Crash Funeral Cortege, 1944Members of the LDF provide an Irish Guard of Honour for the remains of 16 RAF crew members who had perished in two separate crashes in Inishowen on the morning of June 19th, 1944.
A B24 Liberator took off from a misty Ballykelly air base that morning, only to crash into Cron Dubin on Glengad Head a few minutes after flying over Lough Foyle. All 8 crew members perished.
Later that same morning, a second Liberator departed from the Ballykelly base, unaware of the fate of their comrades. Within minutes of take off, the plane crashed into Shrove Hill, with all souls aboard losing their lives.
The remains of the crew members were transported to the Local Defence Hall at Carndonagh. An Irish Guard of Honour escorted the bodies to Bridgend, where they were handed over to the authorities.
It is reported that the drivers of the lorries were less than impressed with the way in which the 16 coffins were unceremoniously piled on top of each other in the lorry that met them.
Leading L-R: Willie Doherty (Glackin), Hugh McCauley, Dan Gilmore
Derry Journal report on the RAF plane crash
Irish NavyLocal members of the Irish Navy.
Front L-R: Austin Davenport, John Tully, Charlie Doherty (Urris),unknown, unknown, Michael McGuinness (Hollymount) Back L-R: unknown, Barney Lafferty, unknown, Laurence Mooney (Effish), ------- McConalogue?.
Sergeant Kelly & friendsL-R: John Harkin, Alex Galbraith, Sergeant Sean Kelly, Laurence Kelly
Members of the local FCAKneeling L-R: Michael Morrison, Kevin Galbraith, Colm Kelly
Back L-R: John Harkin, Willie McDermott, Alex Galbraith, Laurence Kelly
Fórsa Cosanta Áitiúil 1967David Mc Laughlin (Bill), Leonard Diver, Vincent Doherty, John Doherty (Paul), John Butler, Eamon Diver.
Paddy Doherty (G) at Finner Camp, 1958Paddy Doherty (G) pictured inn Finner Camp, outside Ballyshannon, 1958, the last remaining barracks in Donegal today.
FCA 1968L-R: Patrick Gildea, Fergus Harkin, Unknown (Buncrana), Jack McElroy (Buncrana), Barney McColgan (Moville), Michael Grant (Buncrana), Unknown, Unknown, Leonard Diver.
Gabriel Duffy CQMSCompany Quartermaster Sergeant Gabriel Duffy.
2 Replies to “Local Defence Forces”
I am looking for photos and info on the first guards in carn in 1922
do you have photos and names please
My father is leading funeral cortège front on left as you look at photo, his name is willie Doherty glackin. Martin doherty