West Cork History

Bureau of Military History Statement (WS 1518) of Seán O’Driscoll, Officer Comanding Schull Batallion, West Cork, schedule of action, levy of £300 on farmers, intercepting mail, arms raids, reprisal burning of houses and Troubles in Durrus District


Ted O’Sullivan:

Troubles in Durrus District:

The recent publication of the memoirs of Willie Kingston, Solicitor, Skibbereen 1885-1965, (he was the author of a history of West Carbery) provide an interesting insight into the period of the troubles from a person with a Protestant background. He was born into a Methodist family and qualified as a solicitor working in the office of his cousin Jasper Wolfe. He sympathised with the objects of Sinn Fein but abhorred the brutalities committed by both sides. He describes his shock at the killings of William Connell and Matt Sweetnam by the IRA on the 19th. February 1921. He says that at the end of 1920…

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