bill lennon – the quiet man
i. Early Life
Born at Curragh, Ardmore in February 1896 to Timothy and Mary Lennon, Bill Lennon would become one of the most enigmatic characters of the War of Independence period in West Waterford. His early life was difficult as by 1898 his mother had died at just 36 years, leaving the children in the care of an aging father. By late 1901, it appears that Bill’s father had also died at the age of 61. The elder was a British Army veteran and had served in India in the 1870s with the Devonshire Regiment, ironically a unit which was later garrisoned at Waterford City in 1921 and one which the Waterford Brigades spent much of their efforts trying to defy. His passing had orphaned the younger children and by 1911, the 14-year old Bill appears to have been boarding with a Lombard family from the townland of Drumgullane which is located between Ardmore and Clashmore.