Doc on One: The Little Shop of Secrets

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The Little Shop of Secrets

Decades ago The Wallace Sisters ran a small newsagents in Cork city. While many bought their paper and tobacco there, few knew of the secrets it held as an IRA brigade HQ during the War of Independence as these fearless sisters led a double life. (2020).

In the early decades of the last century two sisters, Nora and Sheila Wallace, ran a small newsagents in the centre of Cork City. However, their customers were unaware that when they bought their Irish Times or Cork Examiner, that this small shop also traded in military secrets during the Irish War of Independence – from deciphering codes, to spy handling, and keeping the inventory of armaments for the Cork No. 1 Brigade, Irish Republican Army.

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