At the start of the year, NUIG history lecturer Dr Mary Harris advised her students to consult the Bureau of Military History website because they had just recently published ‘witness statements’ given by participants in the Easter Rising and the War of Independence. I’m glad I heeded her advice. I always knew my grandfather was involved in the IRA in the general Galway are, but I really didn’t know what to expect. Unbeknownst to me, he had been the Captain of the Castlegar Flying Column, and had a fairly interesting story to tell.
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