Kerry's Fighting Story 1916-21: Told by the Men Who Made It

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J. J. Lee, Brian Ó Conchubhair
Mercier Press Ltd, 2009 - History - 352 pages
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Almost a century ago a small body of men engaged in combat with the armed forces of an Empire. Militarily they were weak. Their strength lay in their faith in their cause and in the unflinching support of a civilian population which refused to be cowed by threats or by violence. This new edition of 'Kerry's Fighting Stories' features stories and reports from every aspect of the conflict, from the formation of the Volunteers in Kerry early in the twentieth century, through the first casualties as the Easter Rising took its toll and on to the campaigns in the East and West of the county during the war of Independence itself. With barracks attacks, ambushes, shootings and even engagements with warships, it brings to life a conflict that is fading from the collective memory of the county and country. 'Kerry's Fighting Stories' offers a fascinating perspective on the struggle for independence in Kerry directly from the men who took part in the actions themselves.
 

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Contents

preface 2009 by brian ó conchubhair
9
introduction 2009 by j j lee
15
foreword
23
the german expedition to tralee bay
82
kerrys place in the general plan 1916
92
casement and his coming to kerry
103
kerry in holy week 1916 and after
117
there was no blunder in kerry
130
caused mutiny in listowel shot in cork
220
the sack of tralee
228
the mock battle of tralee
234
the lispole ambush
245
military ambushed at headford junction
255
police patrol annihilated at castlemaine 261 Daring Coup Frustrated at Castleisland
263
the campaign in east kerry
293
the campaign in west kerry
304

kerry was prepared and ready
138
kerry heroes of the rising
149
let me carry your cross for ireland lord
163
conscription and the general election of 1918
175
gortatlea first barrack attack and casualties
201
attacks on gortatlea scartaglin and brosna barracks
211
work of a killarney intelligence officer
310
british trucebreakers in tralee
318
in the fight with cumann na mban
327
index
335
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