On the night of July 17, 1920, members of the Irish Volunteers entered the Cork & County Club Hotel, an Anglo-Irish social club in Cork City intent on putting an end to RIC officer who had been infamous over the preceding month. Lieutenant-Colonel Gerald Bryce Ferguson Smyth, Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) Divisional Commissioner for Munster Province had given a speech to a group of constables in Listowel, Co. Kerry that ended with many of them turning in their guns and badges after he essentially told them they could murder their fellow Irishmen with impunity. Several constable resigned in what has come to be known as the Listowel Mutiny. Read the rest of the story here: The Listowel Mutiny: “Shoot on Sight”

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