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Irish War of Independence 1919 - 1921

Photo shows Michael (Mick) Mansfield, Waterford Brigade, I.R.A.

The War of Independence is said to have begun at an ambush at an ambush at Soloheadbeg in Co. Tipperary in 1919. The war was mostly confined to the Munster area and Dublin. The republicans carried out ambushes with groups of men known as the 'Flying Columns'. Auxiliary police forces were sent to Ireland and became known as the Black and Tans and the Auxiliaries. In "The Irish War of Independence 1919 - 21", we provide an overview of events in Co. Waterford. Memoirs of George Lennon and The Struggle For Freedom In West Waterford are also recommended reading.

Waterford's Revolutionary Women 1916-1922
The centenary of the Easter Rising is an opportunity to examine the periods 1916-1923 from the women's perspective in Waterford and their undocumented involvement and stories.  The number of women involved in the Cumann na mBan in Waterford was significant and will continue to grow as more research is conducted.  The profiles we have a completed give an insight to the evolving roles undertaken by Waterford women from 1916 - 1923.  Some of these activities include: Nursing, safe houses, dispatches, and later gun running, developing ammunitions, hiding/delivering arms and intelligence.

The Irish War of Independence 1919 - 21
The Irish War of Independence is said to have begun at an ambush at Soloheadbeg in Co. Tipperary in 1919. The IRA were led by Eamon De Valera.

Memoirs Of George Lennon
The following extracts are from the memoirs of George Lennon, the Officer Commanding the West Waterford Flying Column during the Irish War Of Independence.

The Struggle For Freedom In West Waterford
A lecture on the War Of Independence and Civil War in Waterford delivered by Domnall O'Faoláin in 1966. Domnall was the son of Commandant Pax Whelan C/O of Waterford No. 2 Brigade I.R.A. during the War Of Independence.

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