By John Reynolds
IN JANUARY 1919, AT SOLOHEADBEG IN COUNTY TIPPERARY, participants 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 by myself, forty six policemen have been killed, making it certainly one of such a lot violent counties in Ireland.
The renowned photo 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 used to be a safe task with clients and a pension on the finish of carrier. while faced with a volunteer military of younger and devoted guerrilla warring parties, it used to be not able to cope.
When the clash ended, the RIC was once disbanded, now not on the insistence of the Provisional executive, yet of its personal participants. forty six males useless is a thought-provoking examine the bleak fact of the clash in Tipperary, a microcosm of the broader conflict that was once the warfare of Independence.
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46 Men Dead: The Royal Irish Constabulary in County Tipperary, 1919–22 by John Reynolds