West Cork History

April 1921, Burning by IRA of The College, Rosscarbery, Co.Cork, reputedly the lineal successor of a famous school established in the sixth century by Saint Fachtna and Derry House Rosscarbery, House of Alexander Sullivan, Kings Counsel and Last Serjeant-at-Law Only Barrister Who Could Be Obtained to Defend Sir Roger Casement 1916

From James S. Donnelly, Junior, Big House Burnings, Co. Cork.


Though their initial plan for a full-scale assault against the Rosscarbery police barracks was derailed, members of the West Cork Brigade mounted another and this time successful effort at the end ofMarch 1921. Bombs and fire destroyed the ground-floor rooms of the barracks before its defenders surrendered with heavy casualties two dead and nine more wounded. Adjacent to the barracks, and almost in the centre of the town, stood that venerable and Protestant institution called “The College” (figure 3), which was directed byMrs. Zoe Louise Becher, wife…

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