By John Reynolds
IN JANUARY 1919, AT SOLOHEADBEG IN COUNTY TIPPERARY, individuals of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) have been killed by way of the IRA. within the 4 bloody years that undefined, approximately 500 RIC males have been killed and thousands extra wounded. In Tipperary on my own, forty six policemen have been killed, making it one in every of such a lot violent counties in Ireland.
The well known photograph of the RIC is they have been the ‘eyes and ears of Dublin Castle’, an oppressive colonial strength policing its fellow countrymen. however the fact is toward domestic: many have been Irishmen who joined since it was once a safe task with customers and a pension on the finish of carrier. whilst faced with a volunteer military of younger and devoted guerrilla opponents, it used to be not able to cope.
When the clash ended, the RIC was once disbanded, no longer on the insistence of the Provisional executive, yet of its personal contributors. forty six males lifeless is a thought-provoking examine the bleak truth of the clash in Tipperary, a microcosm of the broader conflict that used to be the battle of Independence.
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46 Men Dead: The Royal Irish Constabulary in County Tipperary, 1919–22 by John Reynolds