Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Lady Sykes Visits Reprisal Scenes in Sixmilebridge - 1921 film clip

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On January 20th, 1920, an IRA unit led by Michael Brennan ambushed a lorry containing police and Black and Tans at Glenwood, on the Sixmilebridge-Broadford road. A district inspector and five Black and Tans were killed. The British forces retaliated by burning houses in Sixmilebridge and the surrounding area. Michael Brennan wrote that “within a few hours of the ambush we counted thirty-six burning houses from our position up on the mountains.” Two weeks later Lady Sykes of the Peace with Ireland Movement visited Sixmilebridge to survey the damage to the village from the reprisals.

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