In the first of a series of Westmeath County Council Decade of Centenaries podcasts, Paul Hughes, Historian in Residence, talks to John Sheehan, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology, University College, Cork, about the lives and deaths of the Tormey brothers of Moate.
In January 1921, Joseph Tormey was shot dead by a British sentry at Ballykinlar Internment Camp, Co. Down, and just over a fortnight later, his brother James, an officer of the IRA's Athlone Brigade Active Service Unit, died in an engagement with Crown forces at Cornafulla.
John Sheehan, a native of Westmeath, wrote an extensive article about the Tormey brothers for the highly acclaimed Cork University Press publication, The Atlas of the Irish Revolution (2017).
More Decade of Centenaries videos are available on the Westmeath County Council YouTube channel.
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