Victory and Woe: The West Limerick Brigade in the War of Independence

The West Limerick Brigade in the War of Independence

Mossie Harnett

Victory and Woe: The West Limerick Brigade in the War of Independence

Mossie Harnett

Distributed for University College Dublin Press

200 pages
Paper $25.00 ISBN: 9781900621786 Published January 2019 For sale in North America only
An account of life at the grassroots during the Irish War of Independence and the Civil War by the Officer Commanding, 2nd Battalion, West Limerick Brigade of the Irish Volunteers. Mossie Harnett (1893-1977), who fought on the Anti-Treaty side in the Civil War, describes his early life on a farm in Tournafulla in the southwest corner of Limerick, his enrolment in the Irish Volunteers in 1915, and his involvement in the conflict until his release from a Free State prison in 1923. In an appendix, the British troops’ little-known and short-lived practice of taking hostages in order to protect themselves is vividly described by Mossie’s cousin, Dr Edward Harnett, who was taken hostage in spring 1921.
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