Two postcards possibly written by members of the British forces during the War of Independence,
A coloured postcard of The Banks, Balbriggan from the early part of the 20th century. The message on the back reads 'Dear Mum, Am sending you a couple of views of Balbriggan a little place about 3 miles from here. Quite an old fashioned place as you can see by the thatched cottages. Went there yesterday for tea. The place marked X has since been burnt down by us. Love to all, Billy xxx'. The X is marked above the The Balbriggan Sea Mills Hosiery Company in the photograph. The thatched cottages to which he refers are presumably in another postcard which is not present. There is no address on the card.
The second postcard, probably unconnected with the first, shows a black and white photograph of Fenit Pier. In the bottom right-hand corner is printed 'M. Kelly P.O. Fenit'. On the back of the card the message reads 'Sinn Fieners [sic] raid on Fenit Police Station. Pier set alight to stop us from landing'.
On the night of 20th September 1920 the Black and Tan British troops burnt and looted the town of Balbriggan in reprisal for the killing of an R.I.C. man earlier in the day as he left a pub in the town. 54 houses and the Hosiery Factory were destroyed. The Black and Tans were quartered in Gormanston Camp, about three miles from Balbriggan. In June 1920 there was an I.R.A. attack on the R.I.C. barracks in Fenit, Co. Kerry, which is possibly the attack referred to in the second postcard.
Physical description: 2 items.
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