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War and Peace - Ballinasloe from 1919 to 1923

Clancarty statue beheaded; attack on two former RIC men
 Damian Mac Con Uladh

[Summary: In May 1922, the statue of Richard Le Poer Trench, 2nd Earl of Clancarty, was "beheaded" (the statue was located in Cleaghmore where Scott's house now stands), two ex-RIC men where attacted and "shot up" and two brothers were arrested for the shooting dead of an anti-Treaty IRA man.]

War and Peace

Ballinasloe during the War of Independence (1919–1921) and the Civil War (1922–1923)

Local Newspaper Extracts

East Galway Democrat, Saturday, May 20, 1922

Statue beheaded
The statue of the great grandfather of the present Earl of Clancarty, which was a familiar figure to passers by on their way to the station has been destroyed. On Wednesday night it was "beheaded" the head being afterward found in the drapery premises of Messrs Rothwell & Co., Dunlo St., where it was thrown through the plate glass window. Both windows of this establishment were smashed.

Retired Policemen Wounded
On Thursday night two retired policemen – ex-Constables Tapley and Scanlon – were visited at their residence in Creagh by armed men, who fired and wounded them about the legs. They were sent to a Dublin Hospital by the first train on Friday for treatment. Other ex-Policemen were also visited, but there were no shots fired.

Arrests Made
The Independent states that two brothers have been arrested by IRA, in connection, it is alleged, with the deaths of Vol J Keogh, Ballinasloe, and Jno [sic] Moran, Cruckmore. 


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  • Jack Keogh (leader of anti-Treaty IRA in Ballinasloe)

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