By John Reynolds
IN JANUARY 1919, AT SOLOHEADBEG IN COUNTY TIPPERARY, contributors 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 1000s extra wounded. In Tipperary by myself, forty six policemen have been killed, making it one in every of so much violent counties in Ireland.
The renowned 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 towards domestic: many have been Irishmen who joined since it was once a safe activity with customers and a pension on the finish of provider. while faced with a volunteer military of younger and committed guerrilla warring parties, it was once not able to cope.
When the clash ended, the RIC was once disbanded, no longer on the insistence of the Provisional govt, yet of its personal participants. forty six males lifeless is a thought-provoking examine the awful fact of the clash in Tipperary, a microcosm of the broader conflict that was once the struggle of Independence.
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