Ó Ruairc, Pádraig Óg  

Blood on the Banner


The fighting story of Clare during the War of Independence.

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In May 1915 Ernest Blythe was appointed as an organiser for the Irish Volunteers by Volunteer headquarters and was sent to Clare to train the Cloonagh and Kilfenora Volunteers. 


The authorities were well informed about Blythe's activities in Clare. He established Irish Volunteer companies at Doolin and Liscannor and supplied the Crusheen company with rifles. Because of his success in organising and arming the Clare Volunteers, Blythe was arrested and deported a few weeks later, under the defence of the realm act. Fifty-three republicans from Clare gave their lives in the struggle for independence, but the story of Clare republicanism goes much deeper than that. 


Pádraig Óg Ó'Ruairc takes the story of Clare's republicans from the start of the twentieth century to the end of the War of Independence. In the process he examines the course of the campaign, the events both tragic and heroic and the victims, British and Irish. Featuring detailed descriptions of the battles and campaigns, Blood On The Banner offers a fresh perspective on events that shaped the county for decades to come.



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ISBN 9781856356138

About the Author

Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc is originally from Co. Clare but now lives in Cork. He works seasonally for the Irish Heritage Service at Fort Charles in Kinsale and is currently researching the Anglo-Irish Truce for a PhD in the University of Limerick. He is the administrator for the website www.warofindependence.net a resource page dedicated to making public new research about the War of Independence in Clare and Galway.


'This is the first time that a book has been written covering the whole history of Clare's roll in both the War of Independence and the Civil War'

- Clare Champion


'The author re-examines this long struggle and casts light upon the true course of events, as well as remembering the casualties form both sides of the fight'

- Evening Echo


'Offers a fresh perspective on events that shaped the county for decades to come'

- Limerick Leader