Glennon, Kieran  

From Pogrom to Civil War: Tom Glennon and the Belfast IRA

19.99

This book contains ground-breaking research that challenges the accepted history of both the Belfast pogrom and Michael Collins’ northern policy.

ISBN: 9781781171462 Categories: ,

Description

When the attacks against Catholics known as the Belfast pogrom erupted in July 1920, Tom Glennon was a 20 year old officer in the IRA. The next three years took him from brutal street fighting in Belfast to organising a flying column in the Glens of Antrim, to a daring escape from captivity in the Curragh and then the viciousness of civil war in Donegal. Scarred by his experiences, he sought to create a new life in Australia, only to find further tragedy awaiting him. His silence about his past was so complete that almost eighty years passed before his son learned the truth about his own mother's death. 

Now, using contemporary documents and the accounts of comrades and enemies, his grandson not only tells the story of Tom Glennon's life, but also re-examines the mythology of the pogrom and questions Michael Collins' Northern Policy, asking: were the Northern IRA the victims of a monstrous betrayal?

To read a review from website The Irish Story, click here.
 

About the Author

Kieran Glennon is the grandson of Tom Glennon. He has spent a year and a half researching his grandfather's life and his involvement in the War of Independence and the Civil War. He was born in London to Irish parents, who later returned to Belfast and then moved to Dublin in 1973. He lives in Cherry Orchard, Dublin.

Reviews

'A detailed and interesting book'

- Sunday Business Post Magazine

 

'A book that shines a light into quite a few dark places'

- Irish Independent

 

'The author[...]re-examines the mythology of the pogrom and questions Michael Collins' northern policy after the signing of the Treaty, asking: were the Northern IRA the victims of a monstrous betrayal? A fascinating and important book'

- Andersonstown News