Posted 09 March 2011 - 09:39 AM
It's a bit of a minefield, as Rob Elliott suggests. Only yesterday I was reading (Skibberen & District Historical Society Journals 2005, 2010) about two protestant - presumably loyalist - farmers near Skibbereen who refused, when approached in 1921, to contribute to the IRA arms fund. Some of their cattle were seized instead (as was the practice) and they reported the theft to the RIC. The RIC pressured them to testify in court against the suspects and they were then tried themselves, in absentia, by the IRA, condemned and shot dead. Gerard Murphy ('The Year of Disappearances') refers to the prevailing situation (from memory and paraphrasing) as a spiral of violence, and I don't think that's too far off the mark. But one side, or the other, would most likely disagree.
My grandfather's brother (pictured) joined the Life Guards while, on the other hand, my grandmother's sister was married to a cousin of Sam Maguire. A mere half-turn of the spoon.