The burning of Knockcroghery village Co Roscommon 1921 by Regina Dolan

The burning of Knockcroghery village Co Roscommon 1921 by Regina Dolan

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The burning of
Knockeroghery village,
Co. Roscommon, 1921
On the evening of 20 June 1921, Colonel-Commandant Thomas
Stanton Lambert was assassinated at Benown near Glasson in
Co. Westmeath. Hours later, the small village of Knockcroghery
in south Co. Roscommon was set ablaze by British forces,
seemingly in an act of retribution for Lambert's murder.
The burning was an unfortunate case of mistaken identity,
however, that ultimately resulted in the decimation of the local
economy and heralded the end of clay-pipe production in the
area. This study explores the complex world of rural Ireland
against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, while
demonstrating how local communities were impacted by
evolving national narratives. Although it later emerged that the
Knockeroghery company of the Irish Republican Army was not
involved in Lambert's killing, this study examines how the social
and economic fabric of that community was altered as a result.
Regina Donion lectures at Carlow College, St Patrick's,
where she focuses on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century
Irish social history. Her first book won the 2019 Award of
Commendation in Regional History by the Concordia Historical Institute.