Sidearm, on 17 July 2010 - 11:36 AM, said:
What are these sources Centurion? There is a British Pathe newsreel of HMT Scotch and Soda at a roadblock in Limerick - see film 1912.47 on the British Pathe website. There is no reliable date for this film. The issue date is 1914-18 but the description suggests it may be circa 1919-20! How can you know that the American reporter didn't just write about what he had seen on a newsreel?
Here's some extracts
"Sorry. No cab, miss," said a constable. "The whole city's on strike."
That explained my inability to get Limerick on the wire. From Kildare I had been trying all morning to reach Limerick on the telephone. All the Limerick shops I passed were blinded or shuttered. In the gray light, black lines of people moved desolately up and down, not allowed to congregate and apparently not wanting to remain in homes they were weary of. A few candles
flickered in windows. After leaving my suitcase at a hotel, I left for the strike headquarters. On my way I neared Sarsfield bridge. Between it and me, there loomed a great black mass. Close to it, I found it was a tank, stenciled with the name of Scotch-and-Soda, and surrounded by massed barbed wire inside a wooden fence. On the bridge, the guards paraded up and down
and called to the people:"
What's the Matter with Ireland? By Ruth Russell describing the Limerick Soviet of 1919 - It matches other local accounts of the Limerick Soviet (one of which I quote below) Russell had actually gone to Limerick to cover won of the competitors in the 1919 Transatlantic Flight Competition who was planning to land at Limerick race course
"On the one hand there was the British state. It had brought in an extra 100 police at the time of the inquest on Robert Byrne. It had considerable military forces including an armoured car on Sarsfield Bridge and a tank (nicknamed "Scotch and Soda"). "
"On the following Monday, there was a more serious affair. A hurling match was held at Caherdavin, on the north bank of the Shannon, outside the area proclaimed. Many used the opportunity to "trail their coats". On returning to the city that evening, some 300 individuals [Russells version turns them into schoolchildren threatened by the tanks Mg gun]
refused to show their permits (or denied possession of such) at Sarsfield Bridge check-point. The sentries there were reinforced swiftly by 50 constables and the tank and armoured car."
Dr. O’Connor Lysaght The Limerick Soviet
many describe the tank as having been sent there to deal with the strike. If it had been there since 1917 one feels they would have known about it. There is a photo in the Getty library which has been posted on this forum showing Scotch and Soda in its barbed wire and wood on the Sarsfield bridge as described by Ms Russell