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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

1921 – A group of Black and Tans travelling from Listowel towards Athea arrested four young men (Paddy Dalton, Paddy Walsh, Jerry Lyons, Con Dee) in Gortaglanna, Co Kerry.

Fuair siad bás ar son Saoirse na hÉireann!

A troop of Black and Tans were travelling out from Listowel towards Athea when they arrested four young unarmed men in Gortaglanna. 163 more words

Irish History

8th April 1886. Struggle for the Irish Free State.

An 1801 Act abolished the Irish Parliament: later and up to World War I, there were four Bills relating to Home Rule. 

It was Today in 1886 that Liberal, Prime-Minister, Gladstone, introduced the first Bill, allied with the Irish Nationalists. 399 more words


1920 – The first ‘Black and Tans’ (auxiliary policemen) officially arrive in Ireland.

Although they would be operational for less than two years, the “Black and Tans” would become one of the most reviled names in Irish history. 458 more words

Irish History

1921 – A number of IRA attacks take place in Co Kerry.

Headford Ambush

The Kerry No.2 Brigade Flying Column organised the Headford Ambush who, while billeted in the vicinity of Headford on 21 March 1921, learned that a detachment of British troops were due to return by train from Kenmare to Tralee later that day, and decided to ambush them. 499 more words

Irish History