The Men Will Talk to Me (Ernie O'Malley series, West Cork Brigade)

Includes dramatic first-hand accounts of the activities of the West Cork No. 5 Brigade during the War of Independence and the Civil War in West Cork, and adds missing voices to the Irish revolutionary narrative, especially from the anti-Treaty IRA. Of eight interview subjects, five participated in the IRA's invasion of Northern Ireland.
Date Published :
October 2015
Publisher :
Mercier Press
Editor :
Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc, John Borgonovo, Andy Bielenberg
Series :
The Men Will Talk to Me (O'Malley Interviews)
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781781172469
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 8.5 X 5.25 inches
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In the 1940s and 1950s Ernie O’Malley interviewed survivors of Ireland’s struggle for independence. These interviews, now being made available to the public for the first time, give a fascinating insight into the times and the people who fought.
The West Cork interviews detail IRA intervention in Ulster, as well as giving prominence to the Cork No. 5 Brigade. Of eight interview subjects, five participated in the IRA’s invasion of Northern Ireland. The interviewees talk about the Republican rifle exchange with the National Army which occurred secretly in May 1922, as Free State rifles supplied by Britain were swapped with IRA rifles, which were then sent to arm the IRA in Ulster. They also document the gruesome torture of Brigade Commander Ted O’Sullivan.

About The Author

Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc is originally from Co. Clare. His first book with Mercier was Blood On The Banner The Republican Struggle in Clare 1913-1923 and his second book is 'The Battle for Limerick City', part of the Militrary History of the Irish Civil War. He is currently working on a third book on the Anglo-Irish Truce of 1922.

John Borgonovo is an historian and is currently a lecturer in University College Cork. The author of Spies, Informers, and the Anti-Sinn Fein Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921, he has written extensively on the Irish revolution in Cork city.

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