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4th December, 1934

Irish Independent 4th December, 1934 p.12
Mr. Sean Russell, I.R.A. unveiled a memorial cross, and delivered an oration, near the spot where the mutilated bodies of… 75 more words

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Nonfiction: A Trick my Father Learned in Prison by Donal Mahoney

A Trick My Father Learned in Prison by Donal Mahoney 

I’m not saying my father hated the English, God forbid. If he were still alive, he’d hate to hear me say that.  934 more words


1920 – Shooting of prisoners escaping during the War of Independence.

By late 1920, the rules of war had broken down on both sides as the increasingly vicious Irish War of Independence gained momentum. Both sides were guilty of atrocities some of which did provoke public comments. 388 more words

Irish History

1920 – The Siege of Tralee: Ten people die in a day and night of violence in Co Kerry.

Two RIC constables were shot dead in Abbeydorney by IRA volunteers. Two more RIC men were killed and two more wounded in nearby Ballyduff. Black and Tans burned the creamery in Ballyduff in reprisal and shot and bayoneted a local man, James Houlahan. 1,126 more words

Irish History

Understated Insurgency: The Carlow Brigade in the War of Independence, 1917-1921


When Patrick Kane sat down to give his Statement to the Bureau of Military History (BMH) in 1957, he was a man who believed he had little to show for his efforts. 4,884 more words

Irish Republican Army (IRA)

Oh, The Fun You Can Have With A Sock!

My friend was missing her favorite sock then found her Cairn using it to drag two of the Black and Tans around in the sleet.


1921 – Carrowkennedy Ambush: Michael Kilroy and the IRA’s West Mayo Flying Column ambushed a convoy of RIC and Black and Tans.

The ambush was organised by Major General Michael Kilroy, later Commandant of the 4th Western Battalion of the IRA. He and his flying column of 33 volunteers took up position between Widow Sammon’s House and that of Widow McGreal in Carrowkennedy and awaited a Royal Irish Constabulary patrol. 134 more words

Irish History