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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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The Cork Republic

The Cork Republic

(p.109) 5 The Cork Republic
The I.R.A. and its Enemies

Peter Hart

Oxford University Press

The Truce may have put an end to the war but local vendettas lived on, bringing renewed prison battles, hunger strikes, and escapes. For many of the guerrillas, the republic had nothing to do with politics. The dominant theme of the violence was revenge. In the absence of government or armed opposition, anonymous shootings, disappearances, and nocturnal raids became commonplace. Partisans of the republic resumed their war on the British army. However, the Free State's most important asset was superb intelligence. They knew who their opponents were and where they could be found. The Cork guerrillas knew they had lost. The end of the Civil War in Cork was symbolized by the fall of the last I.R.A. strongholds in the west around Ballymakeera and Ballyvourney. The vast majority of the Cork I.R.A. was in prison.

Keywords:   Truce, Free State, Civil War, Cork I.R.A, revenge, Ballymakeera

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