Raids and Rallies

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During the Irish Civil War, when Ernie O'Malley lay under sentence of death in Mountjoy prison hospital, some notes of his were smuggled out. 'Most of all,' he wrote, 'I would have liked to talk about the rank and file where I found solace.' Raids and Rallies, an account of various Republican offensives against the British in 1920-21 during the War of Independence, is his tribute to that rank and file. He took part in three of the actions recounted here and had first-hand knowledge of the others. 'It was a ...

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Raids and Rallies: Ireland's War of Independence

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During the Irish Civil War, when Ernie O'Malley lay under sentence of death in Mountjoy prison hospital, some notes of his were smuggled out. 'Most of all,' he wrote, 'I would have liked to talk about the rank and file where I found solace.' Raids and Rallies, an account of various Republican offensives against the British in 1920-21 during the War of Independence, is his tribute to that rank and file. He took part in three of the actions recounted here and had first-hand knowledge of the others. 'It was a people's war, that is why we fought so well from November 1920…'

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856357159
  • Publisher: Mercier Press, Limited, The
  • Publication date: 3/20/2011
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the 2011 edition 7

Notes Ernie O'Malley 11

Abbreviations 13

Introduction Frances-Mary Blake 15

1 The Sack of Hollyford Barracks, County Tipperary, 11 May 1920 21

2 Drangan Barracks, County Tipperary, 4 June 1920 42

3 Rearcross Barracks, County Tipperary, 12 July 1920 61

4 Rineen, County Clare, and Reprisals, 22 September 1920 95

5 The British Enforce Martial Law, December 1920-January 1921 127

6 Ambush at Scramogue, Strokestown, County Roscommon, 23 March 1921 139

7 Ambush at Tourmakeady, County Mayo, 3 May 1921 159

8 Modreeny, County Tipperary, 2 June 1921 183

9 The Hard Road to Carrowkennedy, County Mayo, 3 June 1921 211

Author Biography 273

Index 275

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