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The I.R.A. and its EnemiesViolence and Community in Cork, 1916-1923$
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Peter Hart

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208068

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208068.001.0001

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Introduction: The Killing of Sergeant O'Donoghue

Introduction: The Killing of Sergeant O'Donoghue

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: The Killing of Sergeant O'Donoghue
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The I.R.A. and its Enemies
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Peter Hart

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208068.003.0001

This chapter reports the series of killings on White Street, Broad Street, Broad Lane, and the North Mall, while examining the life of Sergeant O'Donoghue. James O'Donoghue was born in 1874 to a large farming family in western Kerry. At age 24, he joined the Royal Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.). After serving in several counties, he was transferred to Cork city. He was promoted to sergeant after 21 years of service. The rise of Sinn Fein swept away the old political order and gradually led the way into a guerrilla war, with the men of R.I.C. on the front lines. In 1920, Cork became one of the main battlefields. He remained committed to his job despite the breakdown of the old order and the police riots and killings becoming routine. On November 17, he was shot and killed as he was walking down White Street on his way back to work.

Keywords:   O'Donoghue, Cork, R.I.C, Royal Irish Constabulary, White Street

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