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A JUNE VISIT TO A SILENT TOMB, AND AN OLD MAN CRYING…

Before he was 15 years of age, he volunteered for active service in England and was sent to the St. Helen’s area, near Liverpool — whilst he was there, the Treaty of Surrender was signed, but was rejected out of hand by Tony, and he continued the fight…. Continue reading

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“THE BULLET SLIT THE IRA MAN’S JERSEY…”

ON THIS DATE (19TH FEBRUARY) 76 YEARS AGO : DEATH OF A REBEL POACHER-TURNED-FREE STATE MILITARY GENERAL. ‘JJ O’Connell (pictured) joined the Irish Volunteers in 1914, becoming Chief of Inspection in 1915. He travelled the country organising volunteer corps, as … Continue reading

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‘NOTICE TO VACATE’ AND ‘OPEN FIRE’ : 50-MINUTE GAP.

ON THIS DATE (26TH JUNE) 97 YEARS AGO : FREE STATE GENERAL KIDNAPPED ON THE EVE OF CIVIL WAR. On the 26th June, 1922, Leo Henderson and a group of ‘Irregulars/Dissidents’ left the then republican-occupied Four Courts (which had been … Continue reading

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