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Then came the First World War, and Mary Crowley went off to become a nurse in England. Annie was needed at home then, to take care of the house and the younger children. She loved the farm work, but soon enough she became a rebel against the English crown, in the fight for independence that began at Easter Week in 1916. The struggle ended in a bitter civil war, as diehard Republicans fought the compromising leaders willing to accept an Irish Free State with token allegiance to London. Thousands of veterans of the Irish Republican Army emigrated to America, including her sweetheart Pat Forde from Ballinhassig. Thus Annie came to America, never again to see her mother or siblings, or the farm at Kilnahone.
Posted July 22, 2012
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