Cork's War of Independence fatality register

Bielenberg, Andy, 1959- author, editor, compiler

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  • Creator by Dr. Andy Bielenberg, UCC, and Professor Emeritus James S. Donnelly, Jr., UW-Madison
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Cork, Ireland : University College Cork : Irish Examiner, 2017.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource : illustrations, maps
  • OCLC ocn989728970


  • The primary objective of this fatality register is to identify as far as possible those killed in connection with the conflict, as there remains uncertainty with regard to some of the fatalities, and a number of those killed no doubt remain unidentified. Identification of deaths is not always a straightforward matter, for while an incident where people were badly wounded might have been recorded in the press, the subsequent fate of the casualties is frequently not at all clear. Though we have gathered data based on the registration of deaths by the state, a task taken over in 1920 by the British army in County Cork, which became the director of 'military inquests', this procedure was by no means comprehensive and could be subject to military interference and even to omissions in cases where crown forces were directly involved. A wide range of other sources were consulted to bridge this deficit, and these often provided conflicting accounts of the circumstances of death, reflecting the biases of the protagonists or the purpose for which a given type of source was created. Republican memory of major ambushes, for example, dramatically exaggerated British fatalities in many instances. Compensation claims were shaped primarily to secure monetary awards within the terms of reference of the claim pursued; newspapers might have reflected the political biases of the paper or their correspondents; IRA and crown-force sources commonly presented conflicting or contradictory perspectives. Moreover, numerous sources were gathered decades after the episodes in question. These delays frequently helped to give rise to multiple interpretations of the same death. We have attempted to ascertain details of the initial incident leading to any given death; we have also recorded in the description the date, time, and location of death (as far as possible). The victim of an ambush or shooting, for example, may have been fatally wounded in one location of the county but then died weeks later in a hospital at another location. We have highlighted the former incident while also taking note of the latter where possible.


  • "Dr. Andy Bielenberg will deliver a public talk entitled 'Cork's War of Independence Dead' at UCC on Wednesday, 17 May [2017], at which the 'Cork's War of Independence fatality register' will be officially launched." -- (viewed June 9, 2017).
  • Includes bibliographical references.


  • Introduction / by Dr. Andy Bielenberg, UCC, and Professor Emeritus James S. Donnely, Jr, UW-Madison -- Research findings -- Fatality index -- Sources & data
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