The Men Will Talk to Me: Clare Interviews by Ernie O’Malley

Used fair condition ,224 pages.

Including dramatic first-hand accounts of the activities of the IRA in County Clare during Ireland’s War of Independence and Civil War, this book adds missing voices to the Irish revolutionary narrative, especially from the anti-treaty IRA who were unwilling to engage with the ‘Free-Staters’ in the Bureau of Military History. It contains interviews with members of the IRA’s Mid Clare and East Clare Brigades. It includes details of the Rineen Ambush, which was, at that time, the largest and most successful operation that the IRA had conducted against the RIC. It also includes an eyewitness account of the reprisals in Miltown Malbay carried out in revenge for the ambush and a fascinating account of IRA operations in Ennis during the War of Independence, including details of Republican sympathisers within the RIC garrison who provided the IRA with information, and the activities of local loyalists who assisted the British forces. There is also an account of the ‘Scariff Martyrs’, who were killed by members of the RIC Auxiliary Division on Killaloe Bridge. The Civil War also features prominently, with Paddy MacMahon discussing his capture during the ‘Battle of the Four Courts’ in Dublin.