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Rathmore Barrack Attack

Abstract: Story collected by Tom Fleming, a student at Tuairín Chathail (B.) school (Tooreencahill, Co. Kerry) from informant Michael Fleming.

Original reference: 0452/3/46

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Rathmore Barrack Attack [duchas:4710471]

During the Anglo-Irish war it was decided to call on all the R.I.C to resign. Some of them did, but a great many of them held on to the English pay and the only way to stop them was to attack the barracks.
The boys of the district under commandants Galvin and O'Leary attacked the Rathmore Barracks. They took positions along the railway wagons, and were all fixed in their places when one of their guns exploded, and wakened up all of the men in the barracks. Of course as the men in the barracks were better equipped, and had the advantage of a better position, there was nothing left for the attackers

Rathmore Barrack Attack [duchas:4710472]

but to retreat, which they did with a few casualties.They attacked it after on a Sunday morning and got on very well.

Origin information
Tooreencahill, Co. Kerry
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 312-313
Volume 0452
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Diarmuid Ó Cróinín.
Ireland--History--War of Independence, 1919-1921
War of independence--Cogadh na Saoirse
Informant location
University College Dublin. National Folklore Collection UCD .

Original reference: 0452/3/46

Suggested credit
"Rathmore Barrack Attack"in "The Schools' Manuscript Collection," held by University College Dublin, National Folklore Collection UCD. © University College Dublin. Digital content by: Glenbeigh Records Management, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <>
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher Diarmuid Ó Cróinín.
Supported by funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Ireland), University College Dublin, and the National Folklore Foundation (Fondúireacht Bhéaloideas Éireann), 2014-2016.
Record source
Metadata creation date: 2014/2016 — Metadata created by Fiontar, Dublin City University, in collaboration with the National Folklore Collection UCD and UCD Library. Original Fiontar metadata converted into MODS by UCD Library.

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