A new look at Limerick’s Curfew Murders

Author Mark Liddy outside Tig na Fainne, the house where Volunteer Joseph O'Donoghue was abducted in March 1921

THE infamous Limerick Curfew Murders is the subject of a new book by retired local tour guide and historian Mark Liddy from Sycamore Avenue in Janesboro.

On the night of Monday, March 7, 1921 at the height of the War of Independence, a force of RIC Auxiliaries known as the Black and Tans embarked on a campaign of terror against prominent Republicans in Limerick City.

The murders of Limerick Mayor George Clancy and his predecessor Michael O’Callaghan made national and international headlines, attracting widespread condemnation.

IRA Volunteer Joseph O’Donoghue from Janesboro was also abducted and killed in cold blood on that same night

Although O’Donoghue Avenue in Janesboro is named after him and a plaque commemorates his name, he remains one of the lesser known victims of the Black and Tan murder gangs.

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By combining oral tradition and independent family research, Mark Liddy tells his story and that of a  generation who spoke very little about their experiences during the War of Independence.

His book endeavours to restore the memory of Joseph O’Donoghue, and place him on equal terms with his two more prominent Republican colleagues.

‘Centenary of The Curfew Murders 1921-2021’ will be launched at 4pm on Saturday, April 23 at Pearse Stadium, the home of Janesboro Football Club.