Originally Posted by Denerick
Many RIC and former British army soldiers joined the Free State army. And subsequently the Guards. Fearghal McGarry wrote a great biography of Eoin O'Duffy, the first commissioner (It really is a great book, it illuminates the war the whole 1916-1940s era very well) if you're interested.
it is - i will look for it
it is very interesting that you see George Plant brought up a bit but usually in isolation.
He was involved in a post office robbery and an execution style killing. Executed in 1942 this was exactly the type of activity the Anti treaty side had been involved in during the Civil War.
Now, the deal on the table at the time was to renounce activity etc or face the penalties. Certainly, I knew some guys my grandfather knew who had taken this option and were even fixed up with houses and jobs.
This is not one of them but you get the idea
Take Maurice O'Neill listed here -executed for shooting at police. Brendan Behans family feared would happen him after this incident
The bones of the story are here - but the real deal was that Behan grabbed a gun off one of the firing party at an IRA funeral and fired at detectives. There was no need for it and no doubt in that context the Quare Fellow
is a totally different experience.
Not long out of Borstal in England, Behan was arrested after a shoot out with detectives about to arrest an I.R.A. man in Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Convicted of attempted murder, Behan was sentenced to fourteen years and sent to Mountjoy Prison. Again prison served Behan well; through the governor's invitation, Behan met Sean O'Faolain who encouraged Behan as a writer. Indeed, his first published work paralled Behan's time in Mountjoy. He also acquired the material for his play The Quare Fellow, and he learned Irish from Sean O'Brian, a fellow inmate and teacher from Kerry http://www.irish-society.org/Hedgemaster%20Archives/behan.htm
So in that way you can see a progression from the DeV who signed the oath of allegience with a pencil, used the Statute of Westminster to rewrite parts of the Treaty and the DeV that hedged his bets and held off declaring a republic.