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Tomás Mac Conmara The Time Of The Tans: An Oral History Of The War Of Independence In County Clare


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Author: Dr. Tomas Mac Conmara

Date Published: 01-Feb-2019

Stories of the Black and Tans have been told across Ireland since it was first released into the country in March 1920. Casting a dark and lingering shadow, they remain an evocative and emotive category of memory. For people who lived through it and those who inherited associated stories, the Black and Tans were the embodiment of British repression, violence and malevolence. The Irish War of Independence is a landmark in the chronology of Irish history and profoundly affected all areas of life. Based on Tomas Mac Conmara's almost two decades of oral history recordings, selected from over 400 interviews, as well as access to multiple private family collections, this boook illuminates the stories of a period that has dominated the historical consciousness of Ireland. From direct testimony of 105-year-old Margaret Hoey, to the inherited tradition of Flan O'Brien, who was born in 1927, the stories pulsate with an intensity of emotion. The majority of interviewees who were recorded for this research have sadly since passed away. Now, their memories which have been preserved for posterity, breathe new life into an enduringly important period in modern Irish history.

About the Author

Tomas Mac Conmara is an award-winning oral historian from Co. Clare. In 2016, he was commended by President Michael D. Higgins, as one of seven recipients who have made outstanding contributions to culture over the last 100 years for a Comhaltas Forogra na Casca Centenary Award. He began recording oral history at the age of fifteen and is now recognised as one of Ireland's leading oral historians. He founded of Cuimhneamh an Chlair (Memories of Clare). Tomas runs a heritage consultancy, leading cultural projects for national clients like Waterways Ireland, the Defence Forces and several local authorities. He previously published Days of Hunger, The Clare Volunteers and the Mountjoy Hunger Strike of 1917.
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