All Blog Posts Tagged 'Irish War of Independence' (13)

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 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 Battle of Crossbarry: ... 'Who Piped Old Ireland Free'

They sought to wipe the column out,

From east to west, from north to south,

“Till at Crossbarry’s bloody rout

They woke from their day dreaming

Though ten to one they were that day

Our boys were…


Added by Joe Gannon on February 10, 2017 at 10:30am — 11 Comments

Tom Barry: 'We May Have Great Men, But We’ll Never Have Better'

When it came to the grand plan of how the Irish, with their meager resources, could defeat the forces of the greatest empire on earth in the Irish War of Independence, Michael Collins was the great architect who drew up the “flying column” blue print. But…


Added by Joe Gannon on May 31, 2016 at 10:00pm — 14 Comments

Walking to Work Through a Battle Zone

There are two routes I can take to my office when I leave the train station to go to work. They both pass a large 18th century building of Palladian, neoclassical design, which I used to admire as a child, long before I knew of its connection to my own family.

Now, as I pass it by, I…


Added by David Lawlor on May 28, 2016 at 4:00am — 7 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

Friends Until the End: Ambush at The Burgery, Part 2

(Pictured: The field in the hills north of Dungarvan where Sgt. Michael Hickey's body was found)



Added by Joe Gannon on September 1, 2015 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

'Nigh Comeragh's Rugged Hills': Ambush at The Burgery

When silence overcomes me

My dreams they seem to fill

Of my dear native happy home

Nigh Comeragh's rugged hills

 -- From a poem by Pat Keating



Added by Joe Gannon on August 27, 2015 at 9:00am — 16 Comments

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