Post by Matt McNamara on Mar 27, 2009 15:30:48 GMT
To mark its 150th Anniversary, the Irish Times is opening its digital archive from today until 5th of April. This is normally a subscription service, but until the 5th it is free to view. You can use a search word like “Curragh Camp” and select a date between 1859 and 2009 and the archive database will bring back any entries in the daily paper from the time including photographs. Just checking the Curragh Camp brings back hundreds if not thousands of articles on the Curragh down through the years. Be careful as you can get sucked in and spend many hours browsing through the years. It is a really great service, so while its free, check it out.
If you see any articles of Curragh interest please post the link here.
Post by Matt McNamara on Mar 29, 2009 17:46:56 GMT
Came across an article about the murder of a Military Policeman from the Curragh in or around Milltown December 17 1923. This happened just after the civil war. Her was robbed and was shot six times and dumped in the canal. Lot of articles from that time, with interment camps and esacpes, murders and execuitions of all kinds. The Curragh has a lot more history than I ever taught.
Just to follow up on that brutal murder, it looks like they found the murderer, and he is sentenced to death himself. But it is all wrapped up in Army Intelligence and strange goings on. The accused is looking for his right to appeal the sentence. .
Post by Matt McNamara on Mar 29, 2009 20:41:14 GMT
An another murder within five days of the above mentioned murder on December 22nd 1923. This time a soldier under the influence of drink (Wiskey) shot a sleeping soldier in his bed. In what was then named Ponsonby Barracks Curragh Camp. Or was there somthing in the water ?
Post by Matt McNamara on Mar 30, 2009 13:44:11 GMT
The Curragh of the time was seemed to be full one tragedy after another. The following article gives an account of how Sergeant Major 59th Royal Engineers was shot dead by one of the Sappers in the Company over a room inspection.
Post by Matt McNamara on Mar 30, 2009 14:37:59 GMT
The following article gives an account of the inquest into the death of a Private in the detention prison. The military is condemned by the coroner for the conditions in which the man was held and the diet of food he was given.