Account of controversial killings in Dunmanway

Posted on: 6th February, 2014

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Massacre in West Cork: The Dunmanway and Ballygroman Killings by Barry Keane is a book that gives a definitive account of the controversial killings in Dunmanway, West Cork, during the Truce.

The deaths in and around Dunmanway in 1922 have always been shrouded in rumour and supposition. One thing is certain: Captain Herbert Woods shot Commandant Michael O’Neill of the IRA on the stairs of Ballygroman House at 2.30am on April 26 and killed him.

Who was Herbert Woods and why did he shoot an unarmed man? Who was Michael O’Neill and what was he doing inside the house at that hour of the morning? What connection had this event to the killing of ten Protestants in West Cork over the next three nights? Are they connected to the killing of three British Army intelligence officers in Macroom on the same day? What was the effect on the local Protestant minority? What happened after Herbert Woods and his Hornibrook relations were arrested by the Irish Republican Police and disappeared?

This book attempts to answer all these questions. Using previously overlooked evidence it directly challenges Peter Harts claims of sectarianism and British involvement presenting a true story of these appalling events.

Barry Keane is a Corkonian, a History and Geography teacher, and the author of a number of books and articles across many subjects. He has had a twenty-year interest in the geography of the Protestant population decline in post-independence Ireland.

Massacre in West Cork: The Dunmanway and Ballygroman Killings is published in paperback at €19.99 and will also be available in eBook format from all the usual outlets.

Celebrating 70 years in business, Mercier Press based in Cork is Ireland’s oldest independent publishing house.

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