Colm Ó Lochlainn was one of five men sent down to Kerry on Good Friday. Three Volunteers drowned when the car they were driving drove off Ballykissane Pier.
On Good Friday, 21 April Colm Ó Lochlainn was in charge of a small party of men sent down to Kerry to dismantle the transmitting equipment at the Wireless School near Cahirciveen. On arrival the men took two cars and began their journey.
Ó Lochlainn and Denis Daly took the lead car while Volunteers Con Keating, Thomas McInerney, Charles Monaghan and Donal Sheehan followed behind in the second car.
On the way the two groups were separated along the Kilorglin Road. Ó Lochlainn states
We slowed down hoping every moment to see the other car turn the corner. Always with eyes strained through the darkness for the following flash that never came.
Continuing their journey the two men were stopped by a patrol of RIC who informed them that the military were guarding the Wireless School. Realising it was too dangerous the men returned to Killarney. They had still not come into contact with their comrades in the second car.
One month later Ó Lochlainn finally discovered what happened to the three Volunteers travelling in the other car. They had taken a wrong turn and in the darkness and confusion they drove off the pier at Ballykissane. Volunteers Con Keating, Charles Monaghan and Donal Sheehan were all drowned. Thomas McInerney survived and was arrested.
Colm Ó Lochlainn was a Captain in the Intelligence Section attached to the Headquarters Staff, Irish Volunteers.
Colm Ó Lochlainn was interviewed for 'They Remember 1916' broadcast on Radio Éireann, 3 April 1956.
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