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A summer of bloodshed

Simon Brouder examines the summer of 1920, when the War of Independence exploded into bloody violence in the towns and villages of Kerry

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Black and Tans on patrol. This image is often mistakenly associated with Kerry. It was actually taken following a skirmish on Gloucester Street in Dublin

Black and Tans on patrol. This image is often mistakenly associated with Kerry. It was actually taken following a skirmish on Gloucester Street in Dublin

Black and Tans on patrol. This image is often mistakenly associated with Kerry. It was actually taken following a skirmish on Gloucester Street in Dublin

When the staff of Slattery's Creamery at Deelis in Camp arrived to work on Friday April 16, 1920, they walked into history.

No doubt expecting another typical day the men were instead confronted with a gruesome and bloody scene when they arrived to the creamery yard to find the bullet-riddled body of RIC man Paddy Foley.

Two days prior, Foley was seized by the IRA as he left a hotel in Annascaul and his killing, a day later, was one of the first and most brutal carried out by the Kerry IRA during the War of Independence.