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From Athlone in the south-east of the county to Boyle in the north-west, Roscommon was the site of many critical engagements in Ireland's War of Independence
This classic text, first published in 1964, opens with an account of the victory of Count Plunkett, father of the executed 1916 leader, Joseph Plunkett, in the February 1917 bye-election in North Roscommon.
This was the first opportunity the Irish people had to show their support for the ideals of the 1916 leaders electorally. The book concludes with an account of the assassination of Seargent King of the "Castlerea Murder Gang" of the Black and Tans on the morning of the Truce in July 1921. In between it details raids, ambushes, reprisals and escapes at Rockingham, Ballymote, Knockcroghery, Ballaghadrreen, Teevnacreeva, Ballinlough, Frenchpark, Fouremilehouse, Carrick-on-Shannon, Elphin, Keadue, Scramogue, Loughglynn, Athlone and Boyle.
It tells the story of key figures in the area such as Fr. Michael O'Flanagan, Paddy Moran, Fr. Malachy Brennan, Joe Tormey and the many brigades and companies of the North and South Roscommon Volunteer battalions and the neighbouring counties with which they worked. It also looks back to the county's Fenian heritage in the figure of Ned Duffy.
Posted by Tony Mc Alister on 21st Aug 2012
My mother bought this book when it was first published in 1964,the main reasons being that it featured her father George Meadlarklan who was the British soldier who while stationed at Boyle Barracks in 1922 helped 2 IRA men to escape from custody - also her parents returned to Boyle after he himself escaped from custody after his court martial for his part in the 'Escape from Boyle Barracks'.The family lived in Boyle (had a farm just outside Boyle) until the early 50's .This book is an excellent contribution to the story about Ireland's fight for Independence.