The Irish Volunteers were formed in 1913. They organised in local companies, many of which formed the basis for IRA companies during the War of Independence.
In 1917, the Knockraha Company of Irish Volunteers was founded in this building by Martin Corry. It was later named ‘Liberty Hall’, in reference to the Headquarters of the Irish Citizen Army prior to the 1916 Rising in Dublin. The Volunteers carried out their first meetings here, and conducted drill training in the surrounding fields. The land was the property of the Fitzgerald family, who would later provide safe-houses for the Volunteers.
The Knockraha company was E company, Fourth battalion, Cork No.1 brigade, the list of officers:
Captain, Martin J. Corry, Glounthaune; 1st Lieutenant, M. Canavan, Knockraha; 2nd Lieutenant, J Fitzgerald and Con Cremin, Meeleen; Company Quarter master, Jack Ahern, Ballinagoul; Company adjutant was held by John Callaghan, Meeleen, Bert Barry, Maryville, Denis Lynch, Maryville.
Other members of the company were: Jim Ahern, Kilahora;Dan Fenton, Kilacloyne; Dan, Peter and Jack Madden, Ballinbrittig; Patrick Fitzgerald, Ballinbrittig; Jim and Maurice O’Shea, Cloneen; Jimmy Murphy, Reinaslough; Dan Finn, Tibbotstown; Jack and Dick Long, Pigeon Hill; Pat and Michael Higgins, Killena; Denny and Patrick Lynch, Maryville; Will and Pats Roche, Aughaduff; Patrick, Bill, Ned and Martin Fitzgerald, Knockraha East; Den Bowen, Knockraha East; Tony Sylvester, Knockraha East; Dan Mc Carthy, Knockraha East; John and Willie Hogan, Knockraha East; Bill Callaghan, Meeleen; John Cremin, Monatoureen; Mick and Bill Mulcahy, Shanballyrea; Tom Callaghan, Shanballyrea; Tom and Denis, Shanballyrea; Patrick Barry, Shanballyrea; Bill Murray, Shanballyrea; Dan Dorgan, Shanballyrea; Jim Roche, Kilquane; Jerry McCarthy, Ballingohig; Michael O’Sullivan, Rathfilode; Jack Duggan, Ballyvinny; Ned Maloney, Knockraha; Jim Murphy, Knockraha; Dan Gleeson, Knockraha; Tom and Michael Conroy, Knockraha; Ned Barry, Maryville; Denis and Michael Ahern, Ballinagoul; Michael and Dan Gleeson, Maryville; Dave Savage, Maryville; Michael, Willie and John Mc Carthy, Brooklodge; Willie Mahony, Brooklodge; Den Canavan, Brooklodge; Roger Power, Brooklodge; John Cashman, Brooklodge; Billy Sheehan, Brooklodge; Paddy Thompson, Brooklodge; Jer Higgins, Brooklodge; Pad Callaghan, Brooklodge; Dick Callaghan, Brooklodge; Joe Cotter, Brooklodge; John Long, Brooklodge; Neilis McCarthy, Brooklodge; John and George Young Lackenroe; William Colbert, Watergrasshill, Ownie Lynch and Charlie Cullinane.
There was an active Cumman na mBan members inlude:
Hannah Lynch, Maryville; Margaret Fenton, Killacloyne; Nellie Fitzgerald, Ballinbrittig; Lizzie Higgins, Kileens; Maggie Roche, Aughaduff; Annie and Ellie Hogan, Knockraha East; Josie Barry, Maryville; Mrs Canavan, Knockraha; Ellen and Hannah Cremin, Mounatoureen; Mary Gleeson, Knockraha; Nora Ahern, Ballinagoul; May Murphy, Reinaslough; Kathleen Fitzgerald, Knockraha
L. to R. John Cashman, Michael Gleeson, Patsy Higgins, Bill Mulcahy, Jack Madden, Ed Barry, Mick Mulcahy, Con Cremin, Neilus McCarthy, Martin Corry, Nick McCarthy, Denny Lynch, John Walsh, Dave Savage, Willie Mahony, Jack Ahern, Roger Power