The 8th December marks the 94th anniversary of the first official Free State murders carried out during the Civil war. Volunteers Liam Mellows (Connaught), Joe Mc Kelvey (Ulster), Richard Barret (Munster) and Rory O’Connor (Leinster) were selected to represent each province and executed by Free State firing squad made up of former comrades. Throid siad [...]
By Diarmuid O’Connor: Commandant Padraig O’Connor After taking Tipperary town with 250 Dublin Guards and 100 National Army troops under Gerry Ryan goes on patrol on horseback with two Dublin guards. July 1922. He refused the use of artillery to take the town from General Eoin O’Duffy, so it came down to hand to hand [...]
By Colm McGuinness: Anti Treaty IRA Arklow, Wicklow.
To truly honour the 1916 Rising: let's heal the rift of the Civil War While revering the 1916 Rising and its leaders, people freely criticize their military tactics, and their military failure. Yet among those who still sometimes refer to contemporaries as "Free-Staters", it seems to be taboo to similarly criticize leaders or tactics of [...]
By Michael McKenna: Dunlop Oriel House - Corner of Fenian Street & Westland Row, Dublin. I had a tour around the infamous Oriel House, headquarters of the CID during the Civil War this morning. I took these pictures in the upper floor of the old Dunlop Factory at the back of the building. The [...]
By Michael Doyle: Rare images taken on the roof of the bank of Ireland, Foster place, Dublin. Over looking the approach to trinity college & O'Connell street. Engraving reads "T McCann, B Coy II Batt IRA 1922". Anyone any idea where to get more information on T McCann.
Belfast Men who joined the Free State Army- St Peters Brass and reed Band, below are photos and mmes of men from Belfast who joined the free State army,if any members or others have more information/photos please e mail it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
James Langton The guy on the right is WRE Murphy. The guy on the left is who I think it is. This photo was taken if my memory serves me right in Limerick well into the Civil War. Im not saying im 100% correct on this, but I know Seans 'Gait' as they [...]