Originally Posted by bobbyss
I had no idea there was a statue in Finglas to him. You certainly would wonder why. You certainly would wonder how he became a leading military figure and sent west to be in charge of hundreds of men at such a young age.
It tells you want a joke the Volunteers were back then.Thank goodness the Brits were preoccupied elsewhere
A lot of battalion commanders were completely unsuited As military men never mind commanders or captains. Some decisions were based solely on a persons good standing or being the top man of the GAA club eg Dan O’Rourke in Roscommon, future GAA President
That’s why little to no action occurred in many areas in the West .The leaders had businesses or their family had businesses in the towns and they feared retaliation
Mellows a good leader ? Clearly not. Bit like Brugha , a brave bull willing to die but clueless in terms of strategy etc. Galway hid under the bed during the Tan War. Contrast their record to what happened in the county during the Civil War ? Yikes
It’s a small wonder the Dublin and Munster IRA actually achieved what they did