Diarmuid Mullins
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Diarmuid Mullins


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Track 1: Diarmuid Mullins describes his childhood in Anglesborough, Co. Limerick, in the home of General Liam Lynch, his maternal uncle and he explains the characteristics of the Lynch family. He also discusses the influences which may have informed his Uncle Liam’s revolutionary ideals. He relates the circumstances of the Republicans’ first military action in Fermoy, Co. Cork, which heralded the War of Independence and he also recalls a story concerning Donncha Ó Hannagáin, also from Anglesborough, who had been active in the GPO on Easter Monday 1916, and would later visit the Lynch home on occasion. Track 2: He explains that Liam Lynch moved swiftly up the ranks of the Irish Republican Army and he recalls stories told of Liam by his former comrades. Track 3: Diarmuid reads aloud from some of Liam Lynch’s handwritten letters to his brother, Tom, a priest in Australia, spanning the years of The Troubles. He explains his mother’s reluctance to discuss events of those times. Track 4: The collaboration between Liam Lynch and Michael Collins during the War of Independence is described and Diarmuid gives his views on the Civil War in Ireland. The death of his Uncle Liam on the Knockmealdown Mountains is described and the letter which was afterwards sent by Frank Aiken to Liam’s mother is recalled. The story of the Clonbannin ambush in north Cork is also explored. Track 5: Memories of a story of one of Diarmuid’s ancestors who was shot by the Whiteboys.

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Audio series:

Witnesses to Independence


128 kbps

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48 hours

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General Liam Lynch

Recorded by:

Eddie Barrett (grand-nephew of Austin Stack)