Christopher ‘Kit’ Martin (1899-1974)

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Christopher Martin was born in 1899 at the family home in Island Villas in Dublin’s inner city. He joined the Fianna in 1909 along with his brother, Eamon Martin, who was later Fianna Chief of Staff. He took part in the Howth gunrunning in 1914.

On Easter Saturday 1916 he was stationed at Liberty Hall until Easter Monday, when he was called up for duty for the Magazine Fort Attack. Following the mission, he fought with the Marrowbone Lane Garrison until the Thursday when he was sent with a dispatch to Con Colbert’s sister’s house where he was subsequently cut off from his unit.

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Magazine Fort Dublin

He remained a member of the Fianna until 1920. In 1922, he was part of the group that took over Beggars Bush Barracks from the British Army. During the 1939-45 Emergency, he was a member of the 26th Battalion.

He was a founder member of Home farm Football Club in 1928.

He died in August 1974 and is (thought to be) buried at Glasnevin Cemetery.

He lived in Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge in 1916. He was employed as a boilerman throughout these years.

Research and text by Eamon Murphy

Photograph of Christopher Martin (c) Eamon Murphy Fianna Archives

Magazine Fort image source: Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/23885771@N03/6446515361

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