By John Reynolds
IN JANUARY 1919, AT SOLOHEADBEG IN COUNTY TIPPERARY, participants of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) have been killed through 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 so much violent counties in Ireland.
The renowned picture 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 towards domestic: many have been Irishmen who joined since it used to be a safe activity with customers and a pension on the finish of provider. whilst faced with a volunteer military of younger and committed guerrilla combatants, it used to be not able to cope.
When the clash ended, the RIC used to be disbanded, now not on the insistence of the Provisional govt, yet of its personal individuals. forty six males useless is a thought-provoking examine the awful truth of the clash in Tipperary, a microcosm of the broader conflict that used to be the battle of Independence.
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