Blood for Blood: The Black and Tan War in Galway Paperback – 22 Oct 2012
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About the Author
William Henry is an historian, archaeologist and author of several titles including 'Coffin Ship', 'Hidden Galway', 'Famine: Galway's Darkest Years', Forgotten Heroes' and 'Galway and the Great War'. He has also written a children's book: 'Tir na nOg: A New Adventure'. He lives in Galway
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e.g. On page 39, The "The Brookeen RIC Barracks", should be The Bookeen RIC Barracks.
On their journey from Galway to Dunmore the Convoy of army vehicles would have passed through Claregalway and not through Clarenbridge ?
On page 76, the young girl "Eileen Curran" was in fact Eileen Lyons and she only became Eileen Curran when she married Patrick Curran in 1929.
These mistakes however, do not take away from the overall quality of this book.
Thank you, Mr.Henry
E.G. and I quote " In October 1920 a Sein Fein activist and secretary of the Sein Fein Club was at home with his family when the Black and Tans and Auxiliaries called. He immediately decamped via the back door and over the garden fence, whereupon he was shot and killed by the Crown forces for failing to stop ". At this point the attending officers not unnaturally questioned his family.
At this mans funeral the local priest rabble roused the congregation calling the incident " Cold blooded murder ! " and railed against the security forces " cold bloodedly questioning the family at the time of the shooting ". Incidentally, at the time of the shooting, the family firmly believed that the avowed Sein Fein supporter had successfully escaped.
I will point out, though, that the man was a senior "Shinner" and would have known that his questioning by the police was only to be expected and also quite legitimate ( despite this he tried to escape ). At that time it is certain that both Martial Law and a curfew would have been in place, thus permitting Crown forces to open fire legally. Yet despite this, according to the priest and family members, the man was " foully murdered ". Moreover, according to the author who states that " According to one report the deceaseds house was raided and ransacked by the police after the funeral ".
Now, note the phrase " according to one report ". This phrase is employed repeatedly throughout the book and it means that the " report " is uncorroborated, lacks sources and is therefore unreliable, and never more so than when it is uttered by impassioned, rabidly prejudiced Irish republicans and their camp followers. This book should be regarded as the fiction it undoubtedly is.