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In Wounds, a veteran BBC correspondent turns to his own family’s historic battle

Fergal Keane's new book studies his family’s participation in the 1919-21 war against the British which led to the establishment of the Irish Free State

In his new book, Wounds, the veteran BBC correspondent Fergal Keane turns his attention from foreign wars to one closer to home: his family’s participation in the 1919-21 war against the British which led to the establishment of the Irish Free State, and the civil war that followed. The conflicts pitted neighbours against each other. The fighting was nasty: ambushes, arson, assassinations; revenge and reprisal stalked country lanes and town squares in “an accumulating local viciousness.” The brutality of the Black and Tans was matched by IRA Republicans who turned on…

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