Enclosed is the email address for the National Archives whom
would send to you by link the files 929 and 1435 of National Military
Archives. In them there is the ordering of execution of three
captured Black and Tans by Donnacha O'Hannigan and his overseeing
of this. Also, Donnacha wanted to execute someone because they
burned Davey Clancys homestead in Cush but Clancy would not allow
these two files are a MUST for you personally.
Most certainly Donnacha O'Hannigan ordered and was present for
the execution of three Black and Tans. His reasoning being that
they were so hated by the native population that this deed ruthless
as it was, it was going to be done. Reading these documents you
can see the damage spies have done to the Irish Nation throughout
history not just this particular period. There was mention in
these documents of people they suspected as spies but there was
a blank space left instead of names.
The Military Tribunals were set up by De Valera so Republicans
could possibly write the history of that period. Their remit was
to collect- either orally or in written form - the memories of
the revolutionary generation while they could clearly recall what
happened. The idea at the time was that these testimonies would
remain sealed until a reasonable period - perhaps twenty-five
years - had past. Most of the collected 'statements' (as these
testimonies are known) did not see the light until the twenty-first
I was watching and listening to your braodcast on ABC TV during
the VFL finals and was very quick to can the bejaysus out of you
(namely to my wife and blue heeler) for what I believed was a
very biased call of the cats prelim game....i thought it was well
deserved for the grand final. What I would like to do is commend
you for a very solid and thoughful article in yesterdays Herald
Sun on the new Ken Loach film.
My grandfather (who recently celebrated his 94th birthday) and
his sisters served in the republican army in a number of capacities.
He served a number of years in POW camps in Ireland. Although
I don't agree with some of his ideologies he too is a man of quiet
conviction and to this day believes in a free state. I would like
to thank you for bringing some facts to a general public who have
been denied them for so many years. If you are interested he has
recently completed his autobiography and we are in the process
of having it printed at the moment and i would be more than happy
to forward a copy when it returns from the printer. Thanks once
again and please be a little kinder on the cats...
Heard you on 774 the other day, but wasn't able to hear it all.
Can't believe they all say "it's an old and well known story"!
Texted your host, saying it is not at all well-known. Loach said
you'd be lucky to find anyone in England on the High Street who
would know anything about it. Nor would any Aussies know about
it, save those who have an Irish background they haven't resiled
from out of shame or Anglophilia. And how about "The Troubles"
starting 30 years ago! I have Batt O'Connor's book 'With Michael
Collins in the War of Independence' printed 1929, since reprinted
and findable on? Abebooks.uk
The composition of the B$Ts was interesting. Rod tells me that
the British soldiers were on strike, and they had to scrape the
bottom of the barrel. O'Connor has a little more detail. But to
get back to my point, they say the same whenever "The Famine"
is ?mentioned. But there has been hardly anything written on The
Great? Hunger, nor was it talked about, nor sang about.? Where
are all the movies on the famine, the Black and Tans, any Irish
History. Only Michael Collins, which falsified history, and a
heap of action? movies and TV thrillers centering around IRA violence.?
Time to tell our stories
good article in the Sun today (tuesday 3 Oct.) I would fight
any bastards that occupied our country and most average joes worldwide
would do the same no matter where they come from. Word of warning,
the resident Herald Sun "right of Genghis khan conservative
neo con" knuckle man of the right, Andrew Blot will be on
your case and you should be afraid, think he played footy for
west Pretoria under 14s, (he's a south african i think). Keep
up the good work, the paper needs some balance from people like
your self and the very lovely jill singer.
Regards Gary McCulloch.
Congratulations on a wonderful article in today's Hearld Sun.
I have seen the movie and it portrays life in Ireland in those
troubled times exactly as my Father told it to me. He was in the
IRA Volunteers. My Mother was shot at by a lorry full of Tans
but was lucky to escape with minor injuries.
There is only one thing you may not be aware of the fact that
the Tans were not regular British Army most were criminals released
from jail armed and sent to Ireland to quell the uprising. I have
met you once during the waterfront dispute in '98
My family is from Tipperary, having been forced out by starvation?
during the late 1840s. In the late 1920s, a Pom turned up in Bega,
my hometown. He got pissed at the pub one night and revealed that
he had been a Black and Tan. A week later he was dead, thrown
off the balcony of the pub at? Tathra. The coppers didn't even
investigate, taking the view that the death of someone who'd bragged
in an Irish Catholic community about being a member of the Tans
was as good as suicide.
Having said that, I thought THE event of 2005 was the decommissioning?
of the IRA. And I knew it was going to stick when a hard bastard
from the IRA called O'Neill made the announcement. Me and my mates
reckon? part of the deal between Adams and Blair involved turning
a blind eye to the robbing of the Bank of Northern Ireland, that
it was 'retirement' money, leading us to call the IRA The Irish
Retirement Agency. ALL disputes are eventually settled politically.
You'd think that ?brain dead lunatic in the White House would
In memory of Tom Barry