Irish War of Independence (Cogadh na Saoirse) / Black & Tan War

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Irish War of Independence (Cogadh na Saoirse) / Black & Tan War

A place to discuss the men and women who took on the British Empire, and in spite of the incredible odds against them ... won. Photo to the left is the monument at the site of the Carrowkennedy Ambush in Co. Mayo.

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Some of our articles about the Irish War of Independence

(Above, the West Mayo Brigade, IRA, with O/C Michael Kilroy standing on the left)

The Listowel Mutiny: "Shoot on Sight"

“Paddy” O’Brien and the Rathcoole ambush: Vengeance Is “Mine”

The Scramogue Ambush: Roscommon Steps Up

The 1st Brigade Cork Volunteers and the Coolnacahera Ambush

Michael Brennan and the East Clare Brigade at the Glenwood Ambush

100 Years Ago: The Piltown Ambush (1 November 1920)

Liam Lynch, Civil War Martyr: “It never should have happened”

Tipperary’s Dan Breen: The Hardest Hard Man.”

'Greyhound on Train': Rescuing Seán Hogan at Knocklong

The Clonbanin Ambush: “To Hell With Surrender!”

George Lennon: Waterford Rebel

George Lennon & the Piltown Ambush

The Kilmallock Barracks Attack: Burning Down the House in Limerick

The Tureengarriffe Ambush: Cork & Kerry Strike a Blow

The Tourmakeady Ambush: Shrouded By the “Fog of War” in Mayo

The Headford Ambush: Time Runs Out in Kerry

Cataclysm in Cork: The Battle of Clonmult

“The Scourge of Tralee”: Stalking the “The Major”

The Dromkeen Ambush: Down Into the Mire in County Limerick

The Rineen Ambush: Hell Comes to County Clare

The Carrowkennedy Ambush, June 2, 1921: Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold

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

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

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

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

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

The Lispole Ambush -- Averting Disaster on the Dingle Peninsula

Patrick White: A Clareman's Tragic Death on Spike Island

'And To Watch the Sunbeams Dancing O’er the Wicklow Mountains High'

Always Remember ~ Cumann na mBan

War of Independence -- How the Nuns of Kylemore Saved My Father's Life

Terence MacSwiney: Irish Martyr

Walking to Work Through a Battle Zone

Review of 'Emmet Dalton - Somme Soldier, Irish General, Film Pioneer' by Sean Boyne

Ballinalee, County Longford: The Village of Generals

The Anglo-Irish Treaty: Seed of 'The Troubles'

Shot While Attempting To Escape

Easter Rising to Irish Civil War Archive Available Online

Michael Collins: Saga of Heroism Against Daunting Odds

A Short History of Michael Collins, Ireland's 'Big Fellow'

Great Irish Romances: Michael Collins and Kitty Kiernan

Kitty and Michael: a revolutionary courtship

The Tan Who Was Hanged By His Own Side

Liam Lynch: Victim of the Irish Civil War

1916 and the Rebels' Priests

After The Rising … 'Fron-goch and the Birth of the IRA'

Ernie O'Malley: Mayo-Born Freedom Fighter and Writer

The Wild Geese Virtual Síbín with Cormac O'Malley

Evidence Abounds: British Leaders OK'd Mayhem

The Price of Freedom

The West Cork Trail: Scenes From the Anglo-Irish and Civil Wars, 1920-1922

How I Learned That Grandad Executed Erskine Childers

Leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising: Éamon de Valera

Erskine Childers: Author, Irish Gunrunner, Churchill's Bête Noire

The Scum of England, or Ordinary Men? A Review of DJ Kelly's 'Running with Crows'

The Forgotten Ten:

Discussion Forum

The Listowel Mutiny: “Shoot on Sight”

Started by The Wild Geese Jul 18. 0 Replies

On the night of July 17, 1920, members of the Irish Volunteers entered…Continue

“Paddy” O’Brien and the Rathcoole ambush: Vengeance Is “Mine”

Started by The Wild Geese Oct 31, 2021. 0 Replies

On June 16, 1921, one hundred years ago yesterday, "Paddy" O'Brien and the…Continue

The Scramogue Ambush: Roscommon Steps Up

Started by Joe Gannon Mar 25, 2021. 0 Replies

On March 23, 1921, 100 years ago today, North and South Roscommon Brigades…Continue

The 1st Brigade Cork Volunteers and the Coolnacahera Ambush

Started by Joe Gannon Feb 9, 2021. 0 Replies

Though the Cork 1st Brigade did not receive the same post-war…Continue

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Comment by Joe Gannon on September 3, 2017 at 6:39pm

The Rineen Ambush: Hell Comes to County Clare

It was the first major ambush of the War of Independence by the Mid-Clare Brigade and it started out as a rousing success, but when several lorries full of British soldiers showed up, they were on the verge of a disaster.


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Comment by Joe Gannon on March 25, 2021 at 8:48pm

On March 23, 1921, 100 years ago today, North and South Roscommon Brigades of the Irish Volunteers ambushed a convoy of British soldiers and RIC at Scramoge, killing 4. The North and South Roscommon Brigades of the Irish Volunteers, like many of the brigades around the island, were very restricted in the early part of the Irish War of Independence by a severe lack of modern arms. While attacks in the southwest had cause martial law to be declared in many other counties it had not been in Roscommon. But now, under Patrick Madden, commandant of the 3rd Battalion of the South Roscommon Brigade, with the help of weapons from other Volunteer groups in the area, the men of Roscommon would strike a heavy blow at the Crown Forces. In March alone there had been major attacks at Clonbanin, Co. Cork, Kilfall, Co. Mayo, Belfast in Co. Antrim, “The Burgery" in Co. Waterford, Crossbarry, Co. Cork, Headford & Lispole in Co. Kerry, and now at Scramogue the men of Co. Roscommon joined in. Just as Michael Collins hoped, the British were now being challenged in widespread areas of the island. Joe Gannon tells the story of this ambush here: The Scramogue Ambush: Roscommon Steps Up

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