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Burnings 1920 Lawlor, Pearse

ISBN: 9781856356121

Many RIC officers were killed during this period but the murders of Divisional Commissioner Colonel Smyth and District Inspector Swanzy led to unprecedented reprisals against the Catholic population in the towns of Banbridge, Dromore and Lisburn.

Lawlor traces the events which led to serious sectarian rioting and the burning of Catholic owned property over a period of three months in 1920 and details, for the first time, the extent of the destruction and loss of life in these towns. The sectarian violence in Belfast during 1920-1922 has been well documented but the scale of the violence in Belfast was such that events which took place in other towns, while mentioned, were never explored in detail. 

The Burnings 1920 highlights the importance of Cork and the killing of Tomás MacCurtain in the tragic events that later came to pass in the north.


ISBN 9781856356121


  • Burnings 1920

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