The Forgotten Vice-Commandant. A Grandson’s Account of Johnny Mc Sweeney, Vice-Commandant of the 2nd Battalion Mid-Limerick Brigade, IRA by Pat McSweeney.

This publication not only details the life of Johnny Mc Sweeney but the atmosphere in Limerick during the revolutionary period from Easter 1916 to the Irish Civil War. It is wonderfully illustrated and easily accessible to the general audience.

The chapter on those interred in the Republican plot, Mount Saint Lawrence cemetery, is a treat for those interested in graveyard studies. This chapter contains an image of the plot in 1922.

cover of the forgotten vice-commadant by Pat McSweeney

Patrick Mc Sweeney is a registered Architect, Accredited Conservation Architect and Building Surveyor. He holds a master’s degree in Building Conservation and is a partner in his own architectural practice in Limerick.

Patrick has a keen interest in history which is not only confined to the Irish revolutionary period.  His broad historical appetite also includes our built heritage, the history of architecture and art. Mc Sweeney’s historical interest is also reflected in his professional architectural activities, where he has gained significant expertise specialising in the conservation of historic buildings.

The book is available in all Limerick city centre local bookshops, and the bookshops in the Crescent and Castletroy or online at

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