All Blog Posts Tagged 'Irish Volunteers' (11)

The Headford Ambush: Time Runs Out in Kerry

Now rise up DJ Allman, arise and tell me true

Who fought at Headford Station that day along with you?

Who stood out on that platform board, who fired that signal gun?

Who fought to free old Ireland with you my darling son?

-- From…


Added by Joe Gannon on March 13, 2018 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

Cataclysm in Cork: The Battle of Clonmult

On top of roof and window,

Those boys stood up to fight,

‘Til the burning of the cottage

And no escape in sight.…


Added by Joe Gannon on January 19, 2018 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

'The Scourge of Tralee': Stalking 'The Major'

Late on Christmas night 1920, Irish Volunteers John Leen (24) and Maurice Reidy (25) stealthily made their way to the home of John Byrne, the creamery manager in Ballymacelligott, County Kerry. The cottage had been raided…


Added by Joe Gannon on December 3, 2017 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

The Dromkeen Ambush: Down Into the Mire in County Limerick

On the cool, pleasant night of St. Stephens day, December 26, 1920, over two hundred men and women were dancing, eating and enjoying themselves at Caherguillamore House, three miles northeast of Bruff, in County Limerick. The Martin brothers from Bruff were…


Added by Joe Gannon on November 13, 2017 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

The Rineen Ambush: Hell Comes to County Clare

Come all you gallant Irishmen, come listen for a while

I’ll sing to you the praises of the sons of Erin’s Isle

’Tis of an awful, awful ambush I’d have you to beware

That happened in Rineen, in a spot in County Clare.…


Added by Joe Gannon on September 2, 2017 at 8:30pm — 12 Comments

The Carrowkennedy Ambush: Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Cold

It was late afternoon of a…


Added by Joe Gannon on May 20, 2017 at 9:00pm — 7 Comments

The Lispole Ambush -- Averting Disaster on the Dingle Peninsula

If you ever drive down the south side of the beautiful and scenic Dingle Peninsula in Co. Kerry, as I did with my wife, brother and sister-in-law last June (and everyone should, at least one in their lives), you will pass through the small village of Lispole…


Added by Joe Gannon on March 20, 2017 at 1:30pm — 14 Comments

The Kilmeena Ambush, May 19, 1921: Seeds of Victory in a Defeat

In the early part of the Irish War of Independence there had not been any major ambushes of Crown forces in County Mayo, unlike several other counties, notably County Cork. However, in May 1921, the Irish Volunteers began to…


Added by Joe Gannon on May 18, 2016 at 9:00pm — 5 Comments

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Bulmer Hobson, 'The Most Dangerous Man in Ireland'

Bulmer Hobson did not enjoy iconic status in the Irish history books, nor did he enjoy any real recognition in the Free State Government -- he has in fact, quite literally been confined to the margins of Irish history. Yet on all aspects of early 20th…


Added by That's Just How It Was on October 21, 2015 at 10:00am — 9 Comments

The R.I.C. In An Untenable Position, Part 1: Trauma at The Burgery

Domnail O’Faolain, son of West Waterford Brigade Commanding Officer (O/C) Pax Whelan, noted in a 1966 lecture the difficulty in getting members of Oglaigh na hEireann (I.R.A.) in the Deise area of County Waterford to talk of the War of Independence…


Added by Ivan Lennon on September 26, 2015 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

This Week in the History of the Irish: July 21 - July 27

Picture courtesy of Lt. Col. Ken Powers

The Prince of Wales Flag, the regimental color carried by the 69th New York State Militia at 1st Bull…

Added by The Wild Geese on July 20, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

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