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Tans, Terror and Troubles: Kerry's Real…

Tans, Terror and Troubles: Kerry's Real Fighting Story, 1913-1923

by T. Ryle Dwyer

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In my opinion this is a very readable and worthwhile book for anyone interested in the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War. As interested observers would know County Kerry saw the Civil War play out harder than anywhere else in what became the Republic of Ireland and the conventional history has been that the Anti-Treaty forces were not very active during the years 1919-21 when the Black and Tans and Auxiliaries were present to augment the British forces. Dwyer argues that this greatly overlooks the significant contribution that several commandants made during the War of Independence and that this narrative needs to considerably revised as a result. This book can be seen as a starting point. ( )
  thegeneral | Dec 3, 2011 |
The full title of this work is Tans, and Troubles: Kerry's Real Fighting Story 1913-1923. The author has already written several biogaphies of De Valera and Collins, key figures from this period, but this is the first time that he has conducted a detailed study of the social upheaval and violent events which characterised a particular area during the years under consideration. He also helpfully provides the reader with a year by year summary of the key events that will be discussed in greater detail within the book. At over 400 pages long, his study is a lengthy and valuable contribution to our knowledge of twentieth century Irish history in a local context. As far as the origins of the book are concerned, the author told me that he was initially approached to edit a revised and updated edition of Kerry's Fighting Story, which was published sometime in the late 1940s. The reason for updating it was that the original book only dealt with events leading up to the Truce with Great Britain in July 1921, and ignored both the events surrounding the signing of the Treaty and the subsequent Civil War. He went on to say that having read the latter, he decided that it would be better to totally rewrite it, as opposed to editing and updating it. 1913 is taken as the starting date as it was in this year that many Volunteer companies were formed which would by 1919 be commonly referred to as the Irish Republican Army or IRA. The year 1923 saw the ending of the Irish Civil War and with it the ending of the revolutionary that characterised the years before. The book then consitutes an exciting and eminently readable account of events in Kerry during the Irish Revolution which spanned the years 1913 to 1923.
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