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The Burnings 1920

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ISBN: 9781856356121
AuthorLawlor, Pearse
Pub Date18/02/2020
BindingPaperback
Pages224
CountryIRL
Dewey941.60821
Quick overview Lawlor traces the events which led to serious sectarian rioting over three months in 1920 and highlights how the killing of two senior RIC officers resulted in violent anti-catholic pogroms in Banbridge, Dromore and Lisburn.
€12.99

In March 1920, the republican Lord Mayor of Cork, Tomas MacCurtain, was shot dead in his home. Blaming the RIC for his death, IRA members followed District Inspector Swanzy, believed to have ordered the killing, to his new posting in Lisburn and shot him dead. Furthermore, Banbridge man Lt Colonel Smyth was killed for his policy of shooting any Irishman found carrying a gun who refused to surrender immediately. As a result the towns of Banbridge, Dromore and Lisburn erupted in anti-catholic violence. Catholic businesses and homes were torched, and families forced to flee. In The Burnings 1920, Pearse Lawlor peels away the myth that enveloped these events and exposes the real reasons for the violence.

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In March 1920, the republican Lord Mayor of Cork, Tomas MacCurtain, was shot dead in his home. Blaming the RIC for his death, IRA members followed District Inspector Swanzy, believed to have ordered the killing, to his new posting in Lisburn and shot him dead. Furthermore, Banbridge man Lt Colonel Smyth was killed for his policy of shooting any Irishman found carrying a gun who refused to surrender immediately. As a result the towns of Banbridge, Dromore and Lisburn erupted in anti-catholic violence. Catholic businesses and homes were torched, and families forced to flee. In The Burnings 1920, Pearse Lawlor peels away the myth that enveloped these events and exposes the real reasons for the violence.

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