Roche’s house in Knockraha East was used as a safe house. It had a long avenue which gave the occupants time to escape British military raids. It was a regular place for Sean Hegarty OC of Cork No.1 Brigade to stay. He was a prominent member of the Irish Republican Army in Cork during the War of Independence and served as OC after the deaths of Tomás Mac Curtain and Terence MacSwiney. The house was used by many others as a safehouse during the War of Independence up to the truce on 11th July 1921.
A safe place to sleep
An underground dug out by a small stream provided safe accommodation during The Troubles. The small stream prevented dogs trained by the British military to follow a person’s track and scent. It was regularly used by the Carrigtwohill D Company 4th Battalion as a safe place to hide during murder squad raids by the Cobh British Auxiliaries.
Ned Fitzgerald (Company Engineer) was born and lived at this house.