Timothy Casey McCarthy at 35 years old was the oldest man who fought at the Kilmichael ambush 20/11/1920. 1949 his friend Dick Gay, Building Contractor. Trouble with the Kinsale Unions
Timothy Casey McCarthy at 35 years old was the oldest man who fought at the Kilmichael ambush 20/11/1920. After the ambush he was `on the run` but the British army found Timothy out he was there and called to his parent’s home in Coulculloghta, Durrus to capture him accompanied by a local RIC man. They were about to shoot his parents for harbouring a `murderer` when the RIC man spoke and said `these people are Caseys and its McCarthy you are looking for` and the old pair was saved and Tim was known as Casey afterwards. Timothy ‘Casey’ McCarthy, Coolculaghta, (Captain of Durrus Company IRA) took part in the Kilmichael Ambush with General Tom Barry. He worked for 40 years with Dick Gay, Carrigaline (the Gays were from nearby Droumreagh), died December 1956 firing party old IRA under Captain Raphy P. Keyes rendered military honours at the graveside. Members included Mortimer O’Sullivan, John Keohane, Jack McCarthy, Jack Wholihan. In attendance were Tom Barry, Ned Cotter TD., Dick Gay, Senator Ted O’Sullivan attended removal from St. Finbarr’s hospital. Dick Gay was building contractor and in the 1940s got a contract to build local authority houses in Kinsale. He faced down the Kinsale unions who blacked his site as he insisted on employing his own men. Dick Gay may have served an informal apprenteship with either Timothy McCarthy or his father.