On 21 January 1919, the opening shots of the War of Independence were fired at Soloheadbeg in County Tipperary. Two members of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) were killed by the IRA in the ambush. Constable O’Connell, from Coachford in County Cork, was thirty years old and engaged to be married. Constable McDonnell, from Belmullet in County Mayo, was a widower with seven children. Dan Breen regretted that only two men died, later commenting, ‘Six dead policemen would have impressed the country more than a mere two.’ In the four bloody years that followed, nearly 500 RIC men were killed and hundreds more wounded. In Tipperary alone, 46 policemen were killed, making it one of the most violent counties in Ireland.
46 Men Dead, is a story about The Royal Irish Constabulary in Co. Tipperary (1919 – 1922) researched and written by Garda Sergeant John Reynolds, based at the Garda College, Templemore. John holds degrees in History and founded the Garda College Museum in 2002.
The book is priced = €17.99 (paperback).
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