By Patrick Tunney In May 1921, the South Mayo Brigade I.R.A., under the leadership of Tom Maguire, launched a surprise attack in Tourmakeady on a group of R.I.C. and Black and Tans, inflicting severe losses. Mick O’Brien was shot and killed when he ran to assist the injured Tom Maguire. A Celtic Cross in Cong […]
By Patrick Tunney When historians bright will write of the fight,Of Ireland’s weary war,Of their toil of fame they’d praise the name,Of McEvilly from Castlebar
By Patrick Tunney Fair Islandeady dons her crepe,Her mourning garb is on,For her gallant sons who faced vile Huns,And fell in Twenty-One.
By Patrick Tunney Banba sung her songs of gladness,When her sons were on parade,Her heart was pierced with woe and sadness,When her honour was betrayed,The I.R.A. was bold and darin’,Full of valour, pure and true,But serfs dishonoured Mother Érin,At the dawn of twenty-two.Banba fought ‘gainst legions hoary,Lest her gems might fade away,In the vanguard of […]
by Patrick Tunney Old Moore’s Almanac By Patrick Tunney, Derrykillew, WestportEnigma dedicated to the brothers McGormac, Drumrainey;John Mannion, Tuam and all my Curragh Camp colleagues of 1921. Here’s to some comrades whose names I revere,That I met when on furlough in County Kildare,Who shared all their comforts so free with me,And with Paddy Mulervy of […]
by Patrick Tunney Old Moore’s Almanac Elegiac charade by Patrick Tunney, Derrykillew, Westport to the memory of the late James Duffy, Prospect, Westport. He joined the West Mayo Brigade at its inception and died fighting for Ireland. My heart throbs light, my hopes are bright when I think of Rosaleen,And her gallant sons who dared […]