The Men will Talk to Me: Mayo Interviews

A further tranche of the later writing of  Old IRA commander Ernie O'Malley, famed author of On Another Man's Wound, that classic of the troubled times in 1920s Ireland. In this project, however, his aim was to preserve the experiences of as wide a range of those involved in the war of independence and the civil war as possible.

Many did not want to talk about those days. But the prestige of O'Malley coaxed out of them recollections of the greatest importance to the local historian and of interest too for historian of the national scene. The original texts, which were unpublished in his life time, have been carefully annotated.  Yet inevitably, being very personal, they leave much unsaid as well.