95th anniversary of execution of Rory O’Connor, Joe McKelvey, Dick Barrett and Liam Mellows

December 8 marked the 95th anniversary of the execution without trial of left-republicans Liam Mellows (1895-1922), Rory O’Connor (1883-1922), Joe McKelvey (1898-1922) and Dick Barrett (1889-1922).  The four had been taken prisoner after the surrender of the anti-Treaty forces in the Four Courts in Dublin on June 30.

In the ten months of the civil war the Free State would murder in cold blood more republicans than the British had in the almost three years of the war for independence (aka the Tan War).

 

Further reading (three chapters from my old MA thesis, written in 1995 and the first few months of 1996):

From Truce to Treaty: the pan-nationalist front divides

Civil war, counter-revolution and the consolidation of the Free State

Winners and Losers in an Unfree State

 

Posted on December 9, 2017, in British state repression (general), Catholic church/church-state relations, Censorship, Counter-revolution/civil war period, Free State in 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, General revolutionary history, Historiography and historical texts, Labour Party, Liam Mellows, Partition, Political education and theory, Prisoners - past, Republicanism post-1900, Revolutionary figures, Thesis chapters, Trade unions, War for Independence period, Workers rights. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on 95th anniversary of execution of Rory O’Connor, Joe McKelvey, Dick Barrett and Liam Mellows.

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