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Author: Kieran E. McMullen
 ISBN: 978-1-908056-21-4. 
104pp + 4pp cover. 210 mm x 148 mm. Cover colour, Text black & white.

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The Book:

This is the fourth in the ‘Weapons of’ series on Ireland’s revolutionary independence struggle from 1916 to 1923:
Weapons of the Easter           
Weapons of the Irish War of                     Independence;
Weapons of the battle of the
                 Custom House;
Weapons of the Irish Civil
This latest volume explores the basic weapons used by both combatting sides in the Irish Civil War, 1922-23.
The Free State Forces used all the weapons already at their disposal and, in addition, had gained extra weapons from the departing British that had been unavailable to them in the past, as well as offers of addition materiel from the British – in particular at the beginning of the Civil War.
The anti-Treaty ‘Irregulars’ were better armed too, at least in the initial phases of the war.
As in the preceding War of Independence, the anti-Treaty IRA continued to gain weapons through theft, purchase from dealers and soldiers, and by smuggling from the United States, Germany, and other countries. But they too had received large quantities of weapons, ammunition and even armoured cars directly from the departing British.
Thus, the scene was set for one of the bloodiest wars in Ireland’s struggle for Independence – the Irish Civil War – echoes of which continue to resound to this day.

 The Author:

A retired US Army Lt-Col. of Field Artillery, veteran of the Korean DMZ and Operation Desert Storm, Kieran McMullen also served 14 years in law enforcement. A trained shooting reconstructionist and firearms instructor, he also has a BA in Irish History.

Kieran and his wife Christina have a small farm in coastal Darien, Georgia
with horses, chickens, and an Irish Wolfhound, and frequently visit Ireland, where his affinity with the Easter Rising is explained by his recently-uncovered relative, Patrick Murray, who was in the GPO in 1916 and took part in The O’Rahilly’s charge in Moore Street. Wounded, he was sent to Frongoch and later fought in the War of Independence.

The author of several published works of fiction including
“Sherlock Holmes and the Irish Rebels”, in “Weapons of the Easter Rising”, Kieran has drawn on his encyclopaedic knowledge of historical weapons to produce an accessible and comprehensive overview of the weapons used in the struggle to create a free and independent Ireland. 

Personal callers (by appointment only) may collect post free - we are in Lucan, Co. Dublin. 
Phone 0868573782 for appointment
Kieran McMullen gave a talk on the Weapons of the Burning of the Custom House attack at the Centenary Conference here: t
and you can access it at the above link.
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