The Royal Irish Constabulary are often portrayed as the villains of the War of Independence in Ireland, Irishmen who betrayed their country by serving the British regime. No memorial has been raised in Ireland to those who died during the conflict and their names are largely forgotten, apart from a few who gained notoriety through the fact that Michael Collins himself ordered their killing. As a result, while their deaths are recorded in histories of the time, little attention is paid to the men themselves.
Re-evaluates the events and personalities of the War of Independence in Tipperary. This book looks back on Ireland's struggle for freedom. It is a journey into a turbulent period in Ireland's past - the past of charismatic guerrilla leader Sean Treacy, Tipperary's Flying Columns and the horrors of Croke Park's 'Bloody Sunday'.
When Eneas McNulty joined the British-led Royal Irish Constabulary, it proved to be the defining decision of his life. Having witnessed the murder of a fellow RIC policeman, he is wrongly accused of identifying the executioners. He is forced to flee, and what follows is the story of this flight and his subsequent wanderings.
The extraordinary story of the fight between two unequal forces, which ended in the withdrawal of the British from twenty-six counties. Before the Truce of July 1921, the British presence in County Cork consisted of over 12,500 men. Against these stood the Irish Republican Army whose flying columns never exceeded 310 riflemen in the county.
A priest and his housekeeper abandon a baby girl on the doorstep of a house near the Black Church in Dublin’s north inner city in February 1923. Three local women notice the couple's suspicious behaviour and apprehend them. The two are handed over to the police, charged and sent for trial. A month later, a young doctor is shot dead on the streets of Mohill, Co. Leitrim. The two incidents are connected, but how?
Dan Breen is well known because of his involvement in the ambush and killing of two RIC policemen at Soloheadbeg - widely regarded the start of the War of Independence. This personal memoir shows how a burning belief in achieving Irish freedom sustained him through many a dark day and how slowly support came from the people.
This is a completely updated, revised and enlarged edition of the original book on the Limerick Soviet, published in 1990. In Limerick, the workers and their representatives take over running the city and their action is declared a `Soviet'.The British authorities see it as a serious threat to their rule in Ireland.
The Gifford sisters, Grace (later Plunkett), Muriel (later MacDonagh), Nellie (later Donnelly), and Sydney (later Czira) were key figures in the Republican struggle during the 1916 period. This is their story.
An accessible overview of Ireland's War of Independence, 1919-21. From the first shooting of RIC constables in Soloheadbeg, Co Tipperary, on 21 January 1919 to the truce in July 1921, the IRA carried out a huge range of attacks on all levels of British rule in Ireland.