Comrades: Inside the War of Independence

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  • Copyright: 2008-02-15
  • Publisher: Intl Pub Marketing
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A unique perspective on the Irish War of Independence through official witness statements taken in the late 1940s and only released To The public in 2002.

Author Biography

Annie Ryan is a retired schoolteacher who is best known for her work championing the rights of people with mental handicap and mental health problems. Her campaigning in relation to the state mental hospital in Portrane gained her national prominence, and she ran in the 1997 general election as an independent candidate on a mental-health platform. Annie's father, Tom Harris, took part in the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence and was one of the witnesses interviewed in the 1940s.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. 7
Note on Military and Police Forcesp. 8
Forewordp. 9
Introductionp. 11
Executions and Deportationsp. 13
The Prisoners' Returnp. 19
Lining Upp. 27
Political Action: The By-electionsp. 32
Loyalties Transformed, Identities Confirmedp. 37
Michael Collins, the Castle and the Spiesp. 50
Sections, Companies, Battalions and Brigadesp. 59
Active Servicep. 66
The Rebel Countyp. 79
Kerryp. 89
The RIC, Ned Broy and Othersp. 100
The War in the Westp. 115
Establishing the Threads of Governmentp. 126
Legal Adjustmentsp. 136
At the Interfacep. 142
The Ulster Contextp. 151
The Truce in the Northern Contextp. 165
Conflicting Loyaltiesp. 176
Meath and North Dublinp. 183
Westmeath, Longford, Roscommon and the Offaly Areap. 191
Kildare and Laoisp. 200
Carlow and Kilkennyp. 207
Wexford and Wicklowp. 214
Waterfordp. 221
The Testimony of the Womenp. 227
The Capital Cityp. 244
In Retrospectp. 258
Appendix: The Witnessesp. 269
Suggested Further Readingp. 279
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