Harry Boland was born in Dublin in 1887 and as a young man, he joined the Irish Volunteers and took an active part in the Easter Rising of 1916. Afterwards he was imprisoned in England. In the 1918 General Election he was elected to represent South Roscommon and joined the newly assembled Dáil Éireann in Dublin.

Harry Boland first met Kitty Kiernan when he stayed at the Greville Arms Hotel in Longford with Michael Collins. Harry was immediately smitten, but Kitty had also caught the eye of Collins. Harry accompanied Eamon De Valera when he traveled to the States to raise funds and awareness of the nationalist movement. While in America Boland wrote regularly to Kitty, but Collins won the battle for Kitty’s heart.

Harry Boland was opposed to the Anglo-Irish Treaty in 1921. He was appointed as a member of the committee which was set up by the Dáil to find a peaceful solution to the differences between the sides, but they failed in their task and Civil War broke out.

In July 1922 Harry was shot and wounded while being arrested by Free State soldiers at the Grand Hotel, Skerries, in north County Dublin. He died on the 31st July and was buried in Glasnevin cemetery.