Tuesday 23 January 2018

'Memoirs of an Old Warrior' focuses on fight for freedom

'Memoirs of an Old Warrior: Jamie Moynihan's Fight for Irish Freedom 1916 -1923'
'Memoirs of an Old Warrior: Jamie Moynihan's Fight for Irish Freedom 1916 -1923'

THE launch of a Muskerry man's memoirs from the War of Independence forms part of an extensive programme of events to be hosted by the Heritage Department of Cork County Council in the coming weeks.

Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív will be in the Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom on Saturday, April 5 to launch "Memoirs of an Old Warrior," a book that documents Jamie Moynihan's Fight for Irish Freedom 1916 - 1923.

The books focuses on Jamie Moynihan's account of the fight for freedom in the Muskerry Area between 1916 and 1923. Jamie had the unique distinction of being officer commanding the group of Volunteers who carried out the first armed attack on crown forces in Ireland during the War of Independence, at the Mouth of the Glen, near Ballingeary, on 7 July 1918, and of also the volunteers who carried out the last armed attack of that war, at Ceim Carraige, Carriganima, at 3pm on the day of the Truce, 11 July 1921. The tome promises a gripping and detailed account of the War of Independence and Civil War in Muskerry and in the Mid-Cork area that will capture the imagination of the reader.

It covers many events not detailed elsewhere, including the hijacking of 'Sliabh na mBan' and the Battle of Ballyvourney, the Rath attack and the burning of the courthouse. It also includes a detailed account of Cumann na mBan in the region, several statements by some of the key participants in events of the time and details of the intelligence and communication systems and chain of command used by the volunteers.

It has been compiled from Moynihan's extensive records of the time and will be of huge interest to anyone wanting to find out more about this turbulent time in Ireland's history. The cover of the publication and further details about the launch are available here.

Other events include "Cumann na mBan - Centenary Commemoration," a talk by Cal McCarthy on the importance of Cumann na mBan on the Centenary Day of its foundation (County Hall, Wedensday, April 2 at 3pm) and "Massacre in West Cork - the Dunmanway and Ballygroman Killings" - A Talk by author Barry Keane at Kilmurray school the same night at 8pm.

For a list of events see


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