....... 6th December 1921 ; the 'Treaty of Surrender' is signed in Downing Street , London . The IRA splits . A few men left Dinny Lacey's IRA Flying Column , but the majority stayed true .......
The 3rd Tipperary Brigade IRA , with Dinny Lacey in command , hit hard ; in the months following the December 1921 sell-out , Lacey's Unit raided the Free State Barracks in Clonmel , County Tipperary , and removed all the equipment (weapons , ammunition etc) they wanted , with the result that they were now 'kitted-out' even better than before .
Dinny Lacey and his men controlled the North Munster area to such a degree that it was practically a 'no-go' zone for the Free Staters , and stayed that way for most of 1922 . Also , during that same year , the townlands around Carrick-on-Suir (outside Clonmel , County Tipperary) were controlled by Dinny Lacey's Unit until December(1922) when the Free State Army forced them out .
The Free State Administration in Dublin's Leinster House had had enough ; they sent a force of approximately one-thousand Free State troops into the area where Dinny Lacey and the 3rd Tipperary Brigade operated from , under orders to hunt the IRA Unit down ....... (MORE LATER).
WHERE MOUNTAINY MEN HAVE SOWN :
war and peace in rebel Cork ,
in the turbulent years 1916-21.
By Micheal O'Suilleabhain : published 1965.
A QUIET PERIOD.......
".......We all lined up in the pub to taste the whiskey that cures influenza . After the first sip , we looked at each other . Then Eamon , having tasted the 'magic brew' , made a noise ......."
" " DAMMIT ! " " DAMMIT ! " , Eamon said again , as he placed his glass sharply on the bar , " who put the whiskey in the water ? " So saying , he turned and walked out the door . Smothering laughter as best they could , all hurriedly replaced their glasses on the counter and followed suit . In the open they gave vent to their feelings . It was some time since they had indulged in a hearty laugh . Now they had the opportunity . The weakest stuff they had ever tasted , 'aqua pura' almost , had proved a better tonic than the most potent !
The holidays over , I returned to Rockwell College . Here , so far , we had seen no sign of the influenza . Within a fortnight it had a firm grip on the place . It was milder than the earlier form of the epidemic , but it caused the death of one student . With a few others , I managed to keep on my feet and we were allowed home . It was near the beginning of March when we were recalled again . Since we had lost a good deal of time we were granted no Easter holidays and we worked on to examination time at the beginning of June . Meanwhile , events of great political importance had happened .
The greatest event was the assembling of the First Dail Eireann or Irish Parliament , on 21st January 1919 . Sinn Fein had contested the General Election on an abstention from Westminster policy and a guarantee to set up our own assembly ......." (MORE LATER).
FERDINAND and IMELDA MARCOS ;
A specially-blended , gold-scented lifestyle in the PHILIPPINES .
(From a 'Hot Press' magazine article by Gordon Thomas , 1988 .)
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Imelda Marcos had 550 black bras - Cory Aquino has had them all counted - 200 boxes of stockings and 300 boxes of girdles (all made in Manchester , England) . In a corner of Imelda's bedroom is a pile of 400 cartons containing over 2,500 handbags . They were specially made for her by 'Gucci' and other designers . Some have never been used . They are valued at £937,000 .
To pay for these excesses , Imelda Marcos used the Philippines National Bank as if it were her personal charge account . Imelda had once lived on the breadline herself . She was raised in a garage in Manila , where she and her mother slept on planks balanced on milk crates . They relied on the charity of a Catholic foundation to survive ........ (MORE LATER).