I'm sure DrNightdub, harry_w, shutuplaura and others will understand the origin of the term 'Irregulars'. Apologies, folks, I have none of my books to hand and all I could get was Wikipedia - but, anyway:
The article links to Purdon's book on the Civil War.On 15 October, directives were sent to the press by Free State director of communications, Piaras Béaslaí to the effect that Free State troops were to be referred to as the "National Army", the "Irish Army", or just "troops". The Anti-Treaty side were to be called "Irregulars" and were not to be referred to as "Republicans", "IRA", "forces", or "troops", nor were the ranks of their officers allowed to be given.
It was the 'IRA Godfathers' of the 1920s, essentially.
I wonder would a republishing of Manning's The Blueshirts have the subtitle The Free State's Fascists
I would hope not - to be consistent, like.
Last edited by SeamusNapoleon; 16th May 2012 at 03:13 PM.
Newspapers who refused to abide by the Free State directives - another term for 'censorship' - were to be shut down.
I believe the Free State officer who caught a mortally-wounded Liam Lynch asked one of his men to give Lynch a bandage, the soldier refused, calling Lynch a 'Die-hard [expletive]'
Not the most balanced of terms.
Last edited by shutuplaura; 16th May 2012 at 03:41 PM. Reason: clarification
Lynchs opinions were anti-democratic and wholly militaristic ..." " views and opinions of political people are not to be too seriously considered ", he said. A Die Hard, in other words.
Kevin O'Higgins referred to them as a " bunch of Apaches ".
The headline of an article in yesterday's Sunday Times, surprised nobody picked up on this.
The recently broadcast documentary on the shootings in west Cork – titled An Tost Fada – has had to have to factual errors removed before any further re-broadcasting. According to Tom Cooper – ‘chairman of the Irish National Congress, which espouses a united Ireland by peaceful means’ – the station deliberately conflated two sets of events.
The two men mentioned in the documentary who were friends with the Salter family – Canon Salter, who took part in the documentary, being the son of those who experienced the period – Matthew Connell and William Sweetman, were not shot in April 1922 as detailed by the documentary (thus linking them to the Bandon Valley killings) but, rather, were shot in February 1921.
RTE apparently also made a mistake of stating that Canon Salter’s father received £1,700 compensation from the British government. In the absence of any clarifying remarks in the article on this, it must be presumed that the Salter family received no financial aid from the British government?
Cooper has called on RTE to broadcast a “balancing programme” and – more realistically and sensibly – called for the reinstating of the previous practise of ‘appointing a historical adviser to such documentaries’.
The documentary had been written by Eoghan Harris.
Eoghan Harris is not a historian.