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The Civic Guard Mutiny

The Civic Guard Mutiny

Brian McCarthy

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In the wake of the War of Independence, the Civic Guard Mutiny of 1922 was the first major threat to the security of the infant Irish state.

On the morning of 15th May, 1922, during an address by Commissioner Michael Staines' TD, over 1,000 recruits of the newly established Civic Guard suddenly broke ranks and immediately set about raiding the armoury in the Kildare Barracks. Staines and his senior officers withdrew under armed protection and evacuated the barracks much to the annoyance of Michael Collins, the Chairman of the fledgling Provisional Government.

For almost seven weeks, Collins and the mutineers struggled to reconcile their differences in the midst of the Irish Civil War. Both sides were unaware that their efforts to resolve the dispute were thwarted by a group of anti-Treaty Civic Guards intent on destroying the new force.

This book investigates the reasons why the earliest recruits of the Civic Guard took up arms against their own masters and brought about a significant security risk that had direct implications for both the civil war and the future structure of the its successor, An Garda Síochána.

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Author Brian McCarthy
Publisher Mercier Press
Publication date 10 Sep 2012
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781781170458

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