Ivan Lennon's Blog (8)

Epilogue -- The War Continues: Part 8, Trauma at The Burgery

Two months after the ambush at the Burgery, on the 18th of May, the body of Pat Keating was disinterred for burial in Kilrossanty, at the request of his family.

Above: In the front, left to right, are Tommy Boyle, George Lennon, Michael Foley. In the rear are…

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Added by Ivan Lennon on January 24, 2016 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Facing British Reprisals -- Part 7: Trauma at The Burgery

Prior to the firing squad death of Hickey, there appear to have been few reprisals for I.R.A. ambushes -- with the notable exception of the Hampshires running amok in Youghal after the November 1920 Piltown Cross engagement. This may very well have been attributable to the general chivalry displayed by Lennon’s…

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Added by Ivan Lennon on December 28, 2015 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Slain Become Pawns — Part 6: Trauma at the Burgery

The authorities took Hickey’s remains to the barracks of the Royal Irish Constabulary, in Dungarvan, where the body of Sean Fitzgerald lay. He was duly conveyed, on Tuesday the 22nd, to the new section of the cemetery at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Dungarvan. No civilians, except…

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Added by Ivan Lennon on December 16, 2015 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Heroic Rescue Bid Leaves 2 Dead -- Part 5: Trauma at the Burgery

On the morning of the 19th, George Plunkett, the ranking officer that night, visiting from GHQ, no doubt aware of the withdrawal from Durrow and other engagements due to want of ammunition, recommended a return to the ambush site to secure supplies possibly left from the night…

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Added by Ivan Lennon on November 17, 2015 at 9:30pm — No Comments

The Execution of RIC Sgt. Hickey -- Part 4: Trauma at the Burgery

What followed next was a scene that has occurred numerous times when Irish rebels were faced with the question of what to do with an informer. Irish history and literature are replete with references to this scourge of failed rebellions. Liam O' Flaherty's character Gypo Nolan betrayed his former…

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Added by Ivan Lennon on November 5, 2015 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

'We Let Them All Go, Except the Policeman' -- Part 3: Trauma at the Burgery

Having taken John Murphy into custody, the Black and Tans headed back to Dungarvan, via Cloncoskoran, with a Ford motorcar preceding the tender transporting the soldiers and the prisoner.

Read Part 2, The…

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Added by Ivan Lennon on October 23, 2015 at 7:00pm — 4 Comments

The Volunteers, 'For It Is My Sad Fate' -- Pt. 2: Trauma at The Burgery

Irish Volunteer, athlete and poet Pat Keating (pictured) of Comeragh, according to younger sister Lena, "had a simple and homely manner that endeared him to all ... and was a great favourite wherever he went."  

My father, George Lennon, related an incident in which he and Pat

"were walking along a road…

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Added by Ivan Lennon on October 11, 2015 at 12:30pm — 5 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 period:

Situated…

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

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