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The Irish Nation Lives James Nagle

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    The Kilmichael Ambush | November 28th 1920

    The Kilmichael Ambush | November 28th 1920

    Two men are claimed to have been shot during the false surrender, not 3 as given here.

    The Kilmichael Ambush stands as one of the most famous actions of the War of Independence but remains shrouded in mystery. An audacious operation which boosted Republican morale and shocked the British government, debate continues over the false surrender alleged by Tom Barry and suggestions he had prisoners executed in cold blood. While the truth is probably somewhere in the middle, it continues to cause controversy 100 years on.

    If you are interested in purchasing any of the books used to research this episode, please consider using the affiliate links below to support the continued production of The Irish Nation Lives.

    References:
    Tom Barry - “Guerilla Days in Ireland” - https://amzn.to/2Jd2Cv9
    D. M. Leeson - “The Black & Tans” - https://amzn.to/3fxHY4G
    Paul O’Brien - “Havoc” - https://amzn.to/2J7Crpf
    Meda Ryan - “Tom Barry” - https://amzn.to/2Jb0LXs
    W.H. Kautt - “Ambushes in the War of Independence” in “Atlas of the Irish Revolution” - https://amzn.to/3npOEFj

    From gunner to guerrilla - Tom Barry’s road to rebellion
    https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/from-gunner-to-guerrilla-tom-barry-s-road-to-rebellion-1.4192752

    Distant Thunder - The Journal of the Irish Branches of The Western Front Association
    https://www.westernfrontassociation.com/media/9459/distant-thunder-issue-3.pdf

    Eve Morrison on the Kilmichael Ambush
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buVryG55kqs

    Kilmichael Revisited: Tom Barry and the ‘False Surrender’
    https://www.academia.edu/40821390/Morrison_Kilmichael_Revisited_2012_

    Letter: Insight into Peter Hart’s Methods
    https://www.southernstar.ie/news/letter-insight-into-peter-harts-methods-4144592

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    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/podcast/the-irish-nation-lives

    Main Sources:
    Military Archives - http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie
    Century Ireland - https://www.rte.ie/centuryireland
    Diarmuid Lynch, Irish Revolutionary - http://diarmuidlynch.weebly.com/
    The Auxiliary Division - https://theauxiliaries.com/
    Atlas of the Irish Revolution - https://amzn.to/3npOEFj
    Maurice Walsh - “Bitter Freedom” - https://amzn.to/30Dtutx
    Charles Townshend - "The Republic" - https://amzn.to/33AJ0IC
    Michael Hopkinson - ”The Irish War of Independence” - https://amzn.to/2Sxif1l
    Diarmuid Ferriter - “A Nation and not a Rabble” - https://amzn.to/2SFUiF7
    Ronan Fanning - “Fatal Path” - https://amzn.to/3lmswKq
    Richard Abbott - “Police Casualties in Ireland 1919 - 1922” - https://amzn.to/3lmsMJo

    Photos:
    Military Archives
    NLI Flickr account
    Wiki Commons

    • 13 min
    Bloody Sunday | November 21st 1920

    Bloody Sunday | November 21st 1920

    On the morning of the 21st of November 1920 teams of IRA men shot and killed British Intelligence agents throughout Dublin in a concentrated attack. Hours later British forces responded by entering a Gaelic Football match at Croke Park and firing into the crowd, resulting in the deaths of 14 civilians. Immortalized as Bloody Sunday, just one of a number of violent days in Irish history to be given the title, the events and those involved have become legendary, to the point of becoming myth. Who were the men who were shot dead that morning and what was “the Cairo Gang”?

    If you are interested in purchasing any of the books used to research this episode, please consider using the affiliate links below to support the continued production of The Irish Nation Lives.

    References:
    T. Ryle Dwyer - “The Squad” - https://amzn.to/36QZLQt
    Paul McMahon - “British Spies & Irish Rebels” - https://amzn.to/38UGIY4
    Fergus O’Farrell - “Cathal Brugha” - https://amzn.to/2HdNU61
    Anne Dolan, William Murphy - “Michael Collins” - https://amzn.to/2HdVgqh

    Truth, Lies & Revenge: The Squad, ASU, GHQ Intelligence - and More
    https://www.customhousecommemoration.com/2017/10/14/truth-lies-revenge-the-squad-asu-and-the-intelligence-office-and-more-custom-house-burning/

    Killing and Bloody Sunday, November 1920
    http://www.tara.tcd.ie/bitstream/handle/2262/57090/Killing%20and%20Bloody%20Sunday,%20November%201920.pdf?sequence=1

    Seán Russell and the IRA
    https://www.theirishstory.com/2020/07/02/the-only-irishman-that-was-incorruptible-sean-russell-and-the-ira-part-one-1893-1930/#.X7VbpWj7SUl

    British Intelligence in Ireland
    http://www.bloodysunday.co.uk/

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    Main Sources:
    Military Archives - http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie
    Century Ireland - https://www.rte.ie/centuryireland
    Diarmuid Lynch, Irish Revolutionary - http://diarmuidlynch.weebly.com/
    The Auxiliary Division - https://theauxiliaries.com/
    Atlas of the Irish Revolution - https://amzn.to/3npOEFj
    Maurice Walsh - “Bitter Freedom” - https://amzn.to/30Dtutx
    Charles Townshend - "The Republic" - https://amzn.to/33AJ0IC
    Michael Hopkinson - ”The Irish War of Independence” - https://amzn.to/2Sxif1l
    Diarmuid Ferriter - “A Nation and not a Rabble” - https://amzn.to/2SFUiF7
    Ronan Fanning - “Fatal Path” - https://amzn.to/3lmswKq
    Richard Abbott - “Police Casualties in Ireland 1919 - 1922” - https://amzn.to/3lmsMJo

    Photos:
    Military Archives
    NLI Flickr account
    Wiki Commons

    • 17 min
    The Siege of Tralee and the battle that never happened | Nov 1920

    The Siege of Tralee and the battle that never happened | Nov 1920

    At the end of October 1920 a nationwide offensive was ordered to coincide with the execution of Kevin Barry. Though called off at the last moment, attacks went ahead in Kerry, leading to what became known as the Siege of Tralee. While the British government had to finally step in and order the Black and Tans to lift the siege, Britain would stage and film a fake victory over the IRA, publicising it as the Battle of Tralee. Today, the images are still used in books and articles relating to the time period, with many believing them to be real.

    If you are interested in purchasing any of the books used to research this episode, please consider using the affiliate links below to support the continued production of The Irish Nation Lives.

    References:
    T. Ryle Dwyer - “Tans, Terror and Troubles - https://amzn.to/3mTlf5B

    BMH Witness statement WS1413 - Tadhg Kennedy - http://www.militaryarchives.ie/collec...

    The Battle of Tralee fought at Vico Rd - http://theauxiliaries.com/INCIDENTS/v...

    The New Zealander who became front page news during the War of Independence -
    https://www.irishexaminer.com/lifesty...

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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theirishnat...
    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/theirishnation...
    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/podcast/t...

    Main Sources:
    Military Archives - http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie
    Century Ireland - https://www.rte.ie/centuryireland
    Diarmuid Lynch, Irish Revolutionary - http://diarmuidlynch.weebly.com/
    The Auxiliary Division - https://theauxiliaries.com/
    Atlas of the Irish Revolution - https://amzn.to/3npOEFj
    Maurice Walsh - “Bitter Freedom” - https://amzn.to/30Dtutx
    Charles Townshend - "The Republic" - https://amzn.to/33AJ0IC
    Michael Hopkinson - ”The Irish War of Independence” - https://amzn.to/2Sxif1l
    Diarmuid Ferriter - “A Nation and not a Rabble” - https://amzn.to/2SFUiF7
    Ronan Fanning - “Fatal Path” - https://amzn.to/3lmswKq
    Richard Abbott - “Police Casualties in Ireland 1919 - 1922” - https://amzn.to/3lmsMJo

    Photos:
    Military Archives
    NLI Flickr account
    Wiki Commons

    • 11 min
    "What's my life compared with the cause?" MacSwiney and Barry | Oct 1920

    "What's my life compared with the cause?" MacSwiney and Barry | Oct 1920

    Unwilling to create another martyr like Thomas Ashe, British authorities had taken to releasing hunger strikers and then re arresting them when they recovered. When released IRA prisoners would often go on the run and RIC morale was crumbling as they lost faith in the British government to protect them. When the Lord Mayor of Cork began a hunger strike, fully expecting to be released in a few days, the British felt they had to make a stand. Over 74 days the spectacle played out in the world media, punctuated by the court martial of 18 year old Kevin Barry.

    If you are interested in purchasing any of the books used to research this episode, please consider using the affiliate links below to support the continued production of The Irish Nation Lives.

    References:
    Moirin Chavasse - “Terence MacSwiney”
    Kevin Grant - “Hunger Strikes and Fasts in the British Empire”
    Dermot Keogh - “The Vatican, the Bishops and Irish Politics”

    Holy Office documents concerning Terence MacSwiney’s hunger strike - https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339032175_Holy_Office_documents_concerning_Terence_MacSwiney's_hunger_strike_1920
    The life of MacCurtain and MacSwiney - https://www.corkcity.ie/en/cork-public-museum/visit/upcoming-events/suffering-the-most-the-life-and-times-of-terence-macswiney.html
    French newspaper coverage of the death of Terence MacSwiney - http://oliverohanlon.blogspot.com/2019/10/french-newspaper-coverage-of-death-of.html

    Social Media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/theirishnation
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheIrishNationLives/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theirishnationlives/
    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/theirishnationlives
    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/podcast/the-irish-nation-lives

    Main Sources:
    Military Archives - http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie
    Century Ireland - https://www.rte.ie/centuryireland
    Diarmuid Lynch, Irish Revolutionary - http://diarmuidlynch.weebly.com/
    The Auxiliary Division - https://theauxiliaries.com/
    Atlas of the Irish Revolution - https://amzn.to/3npOEFj
    Maurice Walsh - “Bitter Freedom” - https://amzn.to/30Dtutx
    Charles Townshend - "The Republic" - https://amzn.to/33AJ0IC
    Michael Hopkinson - ”The Irish War of Independence” - https://amzn.to/2Sxif1l
    Diarmuid Ferriter - “A Nation and not a Rabble” - https://amzn.to/2SFUiF7
    Ronan Fanning - “Fatal Path” - https://amzn.to/3lmswKq
    Richard Abbott - “Police Casualties in Ireland 1919 - 1922” - https://amzn.to/3lmsMJo

    Photos:
    Military Archives
    NLI Flickr account
    Wiki Commons

    • 15 min
    The Death of Seán Treacy | Oct 1920

    The Death of Seán Treacy | Oct 1920

    In October 1920 the new British intelligence structure operating from Dublin Castle closed in around Dan Breen, convinced he was responsible for the killing of a high ranking RIC officer in Cork. He would be hospitalized after a dramatic battle in Drumcondra but British agents would continue to stalk his close friend Seán Treacy.

    References:
    Joe Ambrose - “Seán Treacy and the Tan War”
    Dan Breen - “My Fight for Irish Freedom”
    T. Ryle Dwyer - “The Squad”

    Major George Osbert Sterling Smyth - http://www.bloodysunday.co.uk/castle-intelligence/smyth/smyth.html

    Social Media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/theirishnation
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheIrishNationLives/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theirishnationlives/
    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/theirishnationlives
    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/podcast/the-irish-nation-lives
    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/maniacalinc

    Main Sources:
    Military Archives - http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie
    Century Ireland - https://www.rte.ie/centuryireland
    Diarmuid Lynch, Irish Revolutionary - http://diarmuidlynch.weebly.com/
    The Auxiliary Division - https://theauxiliaries.com/
    Atlas of the Irish Revolution
    Maurice Walsh - “Bitter Freedom”
    Charles Townshend - "The Republic"
    Michael Hopkinson - ”The Irish War of Independence”
    Diarmuid Ferriter - “A Nation and not a Rabble”
    Ronan Fanning - “Fatal Path”
    Richard Abbot - “Police Casualties in Ireland 1919 - 1922”

    Photos:
    Military Archives
    NLI Flickr account
    Wiki Commons

    • 7 min
    The Auxiliaries and the Essex Regiment | July - Sept 1920

    The Auxiliaries and the Essex Regiment | July - Sept 1920

    Deployed alongside the Black and Tans and sent to make Ireland “an appropriate hell for those whose trade is agitation”, poor conditions and a lack of a clear objective would lead the Auxiliaries on a war path of drunkenness, destruction and murder. Though consisting of just 2,100 men they would be the IRA’s main opponent for the duration of the War of Independence and would take part, as victors and losers, in many of the most famous ambushes in the revolution. The Auxiliaries continue to cast a dark shadow over Irish history and in the places they would serve afterwards, from Bandon to Hebron. This episode also looks at the Essex Regiment whose members would fight a personal war with the West Cork Flying Column under the command of Tom Barry.

    References:
    David Leeson - “Black and Tans”
    Paul O’Brien - “Havoc”
    William Sheehan - “Hearts and Mines”

    Essex Regiment members killed in Ireland - https://www.cairogang.com/regiments/regiments/essex.html
    How a killing on the steps of Bandon’s church may have changed the War of Independence - https://www.southernstar.ie/news/how-a-killing-on-the-steps-of-bandons-church-may-have-changed-the-war-of-independence-4208923

    Social Media:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/theirishnation
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheIrishNationLives/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theirishnationlives/
    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/theirishnationlives
    iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/podcast/the-irish-nation-lives
    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/maniacalinc

    Main Sources:
    Military Archives - http://www.bureauofmilitaryhistory.ie
    Century Ireland - https://www.rte.ie/centuryireland
    Diarmuid Lynch, Irish Revolutionary - http://diarmuidlynch.weebly.com/
    The Auxiliary Division - https://theauxiliaries.com/
    Atlas of the Irish Revolution
    Maurice Walsh - “Bitter Freedom”
    Charles Townshend - "The Republic"
    Michael Hopkinson - ”The Irish War of Independence”
    Diarmuid Ferriter - “A Nation and not a Rabble”
    Ronan Fanning - “Fatal Path”
    Richard Abbot - “Police Casualties in Ireland 1919 - 1922”

    Photos:
    Military Archives
    NLI Flickr account
    Wiki Commons

    • 13 min

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