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For Ireland and Freedom: Roscommon and the fight for Independence 1917-1921

For Ireland and Freedom: Roscommon and the fight for Independence 1917-1921

Michéal O'Callaghan

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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 by-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.

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Author Michéal O'Callaghan
Publisher Mercier Press
Publication date 23 Sep 2012
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781781170588

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