Arthur Vicars

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The  Black and Tans in operation during the War of Independence. Michael Purtill  claimed  to have orchestrated an ambush in Kilmorna in which three Black and Tans were killed returning to barracks on April 7th, 1921 though his senior officer contradicted his claim.   Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

An uncle of writer John B Keane had to flee Kerry during the civil war when his barracks was overrun by anti-Treaty republicans. Michael Purtill was (...)

A print of a watercolour by an unknown Victorian artist of flooding in the Shannon

A rare 19th century book containing images of flooding on the river Shannon was among the highlights in the Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers sale in the Clyd(...)