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Civil War in Kildare

ISBN: 9781856357579
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The Civil War left a more violent mark on Kildare than the War of Independence had. As a garrison county with military barracks situated on the main Cork and Limerick roads in Naas, Newbridge, the Curragh and Kildare town, it had a low level of republican military activity. By the Truce of 1921, however, Kildare's two IRA battalions had evolved into quite efficient military units.

Forty-three people in or from Co. Kildare died during 1922–23, while only fifteen people died in the 1916–21 period as a result of hostilities. Kildare had one of the highest numbers of IRA volunteers executed during the war – eight – and the largest single execution – in December 1922 when seven men from the Rathbride column were executed at the Curragh. Fifteen National Army soldiers were killed in ambushes in the county, yet only three RIC men died. Two internment camps – Tintown and Newbridge – housed nearly 3,000 prisoners in 1922–23, while the Rath Camp held 1,200. The internment camps were the scene of mass hunger strikes and mass jail-breaks and the escape from Newbridge is the biggest in republican prison folklore, with 112 prisoners getting away.

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