Donegal in the Civil War

Published in Hedge School Recordings, Podcasts, Uncategorized

While not in the vanguard of the War of Independence, Donegal became the scene of the last stand-up fight between the IRA (pro- and anti-Treaty) and British military (in the ‘Pettigo triangle’), with the latter using heavy artillery for the first time in Ireland since 1916. On the outbreak of the Civil War some of these IRA men, originally mobilised for the now-aborted ‘Northern offensive’, were caught up in the hostilities that followed. Four of them were subsequently executed, the only four executions to take place in the county. To discuss these and related questions join History Ireland editor Tommy Graham in conversation with Adrian GrantBreandán MacSuibhne and Pauric Travers.

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(Recorded at the Allingham Festival, Ballyshannon, 5 November 2022)


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