Irish War of Independence centenary

Good heavens, you can buy replica Auxie uniforms? Who would be the customers? Drama producers for stage or TV or are there actually re-enactment groups out there?


Re-enactor at Duncannon Co. Wexford a few years back.
 
Great Britain Street is Pearse Street now, if I am not mistaken.
You are. Pearse Street was Great Brunswick Street. The Pearse boys were born there and it was also home to Great Brunswick Street DMP station. G Division detectives Daniel Hoey and John Barton were killed in the area during 1919.
 
Thank you for the correction, there was a Great Britain Street somewhere in Dublin though, wasn't there?
No doubt.

A quick Google reveals that Great Britain Street was renamed Parnell Street in 1891 following the death of the Uncrowned King of Ireland.


The evolution of street names in Ireland is an interesting subject. Post independence there was a hit and miss effort to replace the British names with those of Irish heroes. The planners quickly lost interest though and local to me there's still a Wellington Street, Nelson Street, Albert Street, King Street and Queen Street.
 
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Mike Barton

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No doubt.

A quick Google reveals that Great Britain Street was renamed Parnell Street in 1891 following the death of the Uncrowned King of Ireland.


The evolution of street names in Ireland is an interesting subject. Post independence there was a hit and miss effort to replace the British names with those of Irish heroes. The planners quickly lost interest though and local to me there's still a Wellington Street, Nelson Street, Albert Street, King Street and Queen Street.
Interesting that it was changed prior to independence. I believe Sackville Street was known as O'Connell Street long before the name was officially changed (presumably after Black Dan's statue at the end of the street, one of whose maidens still bears the scar of a neatly placed bullet in her comely bosom, fired presumably by either a very good or very bad British shot during the Rising).
 
Who did the other bloke come as? One of Arkan's Tigers?
I think it's an SS time traveller, popped back for a bit of on-the-job training.

There was some around-Ireland road trip TV programme (forget what) in which they filmed a bit of a WW2 reenactment in the RoI. They had a Churchill impersonator (a stout man with a cigar and a Cork accent). The British Army re-enactors were getting more disapproval and hatred from the audience than the SS re-enactors. Very strange.
 

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I think it's an SS time traveller, popped back for a bit of on-the-job training.

There was some around-Ireland road trip TV programme (forget what) in which they filmed a bit of a WW2 reenactment in the RoI. They had a Churchill impersonator (a stout man with a cigar and a Cork accent). The British Army re-enactors were getting more disapproval and hatred from the audience than the SS re-enactors. Very strange.
Yes, I suppose all those nazi's who were given sanctuary in the Republic after WW2 must have felt right at home. Unlike the rest of Europe- even Germany itself, the locals were cheerleading the men who were guarding Belsen, as opposed to the chaps who liberated it - including Irishmen from North and South wearing British Army uniform.

But hey ho the Republic indulged in a bit of ethnic cleansing itself.

Buried Lives - The Protestants of Southern Ireland by Robin Bury. A Southern Irish Protestant.

He relates how the Protestants of the 26 counties went from 10% in the 1911 census to less than 3% in the 1926 census.

Most were driven out but a number were killed but most were driven out by their catholic neighbours who coveted their property.

Even that freedom fighter and hero of the revolution himself - Tom Barry and his men murdered 15 protestants in Bandon, Co Cork, and caused the rest to flee. There had been a large prosperous population of protestants in Bandon for hundreds of years. But not after 1922 after Tom and the boyos had finished.

This was used as ammunition by Ian Paisley for many years.

what does the orange in the Republic of Ireland national flag symbolise again ???
 
17 January 1920

Members of the IRA West Waterford Brigade, commanded by George Lennon, attacked Ardmore RIC barracks. Again the intention was to blow in the gable end of the Barracks with explosives indicating that there was probably one big plan for barrack attacks issued from Dublin. Ardmore is an isolated fishing village on the Waterford coast between Dungarvan and Youghal. The approaches from Youghal, Clashmore and Dungarvan were covered off by scouts with road blocks set up. The garrison was alerted by an ND from one of the IRA men as the mine was being moved into position and the attack thereafter involved rifle fire at the doors and windows of the Barracks until the attackers ran out of ammunition.

Ardmore RIC Barracks will be attacked again in November as a ruse to draw the military out of Youghal to be ambushed.
 
I think it's an SS time traveller, popped back for a bit of on-the-job training.

There was some around-Ireland road trip TV programme (forget what) in which they filmed a bit of a WW2 reenactment in the RoI. They had a Churchill impersonator (a stout man with a cigar and a Cork accent). The British Army re-enactors were getting more disapproval and hatred from the audience than the SS re-enactors. Very strange.
There's an SS reenactment outfit in Co. Waterford. They do a bit of TV work including the parts of the SS chaps in Ireland's Nazis

 
18 January 1920

There were coordinated attacks on Drombane and Holycross RIC Barracks in Tipperary by the IRA. The Drombane attack was led by Paddy Kinnane

and formed of men from the Drumbane and Upperchurch companies of the Mid Tipperary Brigade. A bomb placed against the gable wall failed to create a breach and after an exchange of shots the attackers withdrew. Constable McComiskey who had been outside the barracks when the attack took place was captured by the attacking party. The Constable was left unhurt but tied up in a haybarn about a mile from Drombane.

Scroll down to Post #12 for photos of the damaged barracks and Constable McComiskey


The attack on Holycross was led by Jerry Ryan. The roads to the village from Thurles and Cashel were blocked by barricades and a poorly armed group attacked the building. Again the mine placed against the wall of the barracks had no effect.

Ryan’s account of the attack begins on Page 6 of his witness statement

http://www.militaryarchives.ie/collections/online-collections/bureau-of-military-history-1913-1921/reels/bmh/BMH.WS1487.pdf
 
19 January 1920

Volunteer Michael D'Arcy, Cooraclare Company, 3rd Battalion, IRA drowned in the Cooraclare River as he attempted to escape while being pursued by the RIC after an ambush. He was born in 1901 and employed as a farmer at the time of his death.
 
20 January 1920


On the night of the 20th of January 1920 Constable Luke Finnegan was shot in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Constable Finnegan was attacked as he walked from the R.I.C. barracks in Market Square to his home on The Mall a short distance away. Approaching his front door he was fired on by four men.

Subsequently a party of Sherwood Foresters, together with members of the local constabulary, appeared on the streets armed with rifles. The windows of the houses of twelve prominent Sinn Feiners were smashed as well as the windows in the nearby Sinn Fein Hall, and a number of volleys were fired down the street. No-one was injured although the disturbances lasted several hours. Constable Finnegan was taken to the Stevens Hospital in Dublin. In an attempt to save his life, he received a blood transfusion, with Constable Patrick McGirr as donor. It was to no avail and Finnegan died of his wounds two days later.

Constable Finnegan was originally from Dunmore, Co. Galway where he is interred. He was aged 32 and married with two children.

An account of the shooting of Constable Finnegan is in the Witness Statement of James Leahy on page 25. He names the men who participated as Jerry Ryan, Mick Small and John McCarthy (Goorty). Goorty McCarthy was involved in the Knocklong Ambush back in May.


0997 Pte James Thresh, 1st Bn, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry drowned while crossing the estuary of the River Erne on horseback. Thresh was aged 19 and from Barnsley. He is interred in Finner Cemetery, Co. Donegal.

Pte Joesph McLoughlin is recorded as dying in King George V Military Hospital in Dublin after a collision with a horse drawn delivery van in Athlone. One of the shafts of the cart came through the windscreen and struck him in the abdomen. McLouglin does not appear to be commemorated by the CWGC.


Photo credit @131Weeks
 
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21 January 1920

RIC District Inspector William Redmond was shot dead by The Squad outside the Standard Hotel in Harcourt St, Dublin. Redmond had been transferred from Belfast to head up DMP "G" Division and only a few days previously had been appointed Second Assistant Commissioner of the DMP.

Redmond was a native of Co. Armagh and had joined the RIC in 1896.
 
An update on the thrashing of Thurles the other night by the Sherwood Foresters. One of the houses they attacked was that of Denis Morgan, a Labour County Councillor. Denis grandson Dermot Morgan would be an actor whose most famous role is that of Father Ted Crilly.

 

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