Truce : murder, myth and the last days of the Irish War of Independence

Ó Ruairc, Pádraig Óg, author

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  • Creator Padraig Óg Ó Ruairc
  • Format Books
  • Publication [Cork, Ireland] : The Mercier Press, 2016. ©2016
  • Physical Details
    • 384 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • ISBNs 9781781173855, 1781173850
  • OCLC ocn927382764


  • On July 8, 1921, a truce between the IRA and the British Army was announced to begin 3 days later. However, in the four days from July 8-11, at least 60 people were killed. For a century the truth of these killings has been conveniently overlooked and instead replaced by myths and propaganda invented by politicians, historians and newspaper columnists to support the idea that the IRA launched a campaign to kill as many people as possible before the war ended, most of them 'soft targets'. This book goes back to the facts to reveal what actually happened, and why, in those four bloody days of battle between the IRA and their British opponents in Ireland's War of Independence. -- Publisher description


  • Includes bibliographic references and index.


  • Introduction -- The political and military origins of the truce -- The execution of suspected spies -- IRA attacks on off-duty British Troops -- Pre-Truce offensives and IRA operations, 8-11 July 1921 -- Fatalities inflicted by the British forces -- Belfast's Bloody Sunday -- Conclusion
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