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Frances, Margaret and May Lincoln

Waterford's Revolutionary Women 1916-1922

25. Frances, Margaret and May Lincoln
Cook Street, Cappoquin, Co Waterford

Frances, Margaret and May Lincoln were born in the family home Cook Street, Cappoquin to parents Thomas and Bridget.  The girls were two of six children and their brother Thomas was a prominent member of local volunteers in Cappoquin.  Frances worked at the Post Office and was an officer of Cumann na mBan formed in 1918 along with Mary Kerfoot and Bridie Pigot. Sisters Margaret and May was also members of the local Cumann na mBan.  The Cappoquin group organised regular social events to raise funds for the volunteers. According to the Witness Statement of Michael O'Donoghue,

"They, too, had a room in the Sinn Fein Hall where they trained, learned first aid, made and repaired outfits and equipment for themselves and the Volunteers. There were several large rooms in the Hall and each body had its own quarters - Sinn Fein Club, Volunteers, Scouts and Cumann na mBan. Gaelic League classes were held in the convent school and were largely attended."

The sisters were also involved in intelligence gathering and scouting and on one occasion (Kelleher, W.S) volunteers Patrick Kenneally, Kelly Donovan, Jack O'Brien and Tom Kelleher with the aid of Fanny Lincoln and Miss D. McGrath Cumann na mBan - travelling from Doon (near Ballinamult) to Cappoquin area to arrest Ryall. "We got in touch with the local Company to put out scouts and report to us if Ryall was seen. After waiting for quite a while no information was forthcoming, so we decided to enter the town and try and arrest him there. - We approached the rear of the town near the Convent. The girls had informed us that a patrol of R.I.C. and Tans, which had been around town, had returned to barracks, with the exception of one Tan who was very drunk and was still knocking around."

Margaret Lincoln lived in Cook Street, Cappoquin until her death in 1981 aged 89 years, Frances Lincoln died still in her prime from T.B and May Lincoln emigrated to America.

1911, Census of Ireland, National Archives,
Michael V. O'Donoghue, Military Archives, Witness Statements, Lismore, Co. Waterford, Engineer Officer, 2nd Battalion, Cork No.
Counties Waterford, and Donegal.
Tom Kelleher, Military Archives, Witness Statements, Member IV and IRA, Waterford, 1917 - 1921 - p17 1-3.

Author: Chrissy O'Connor Knight & Eddie Cantwell

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