Image: ‘Found in Pettigo’—a Lancia armoured car captured by the IRA in May 1922
and later recaptured by British forces.
Donegal in the Civil War
While not in the vanguard of the War of Independence, Donegal became the scene of the last standup fight between the IRA (pro- and anti-Treaty) and British military (in the ‘Pettigo triangle’), with the
latter using heavy artillery for the first time in Ireland since 1916.
On the outbreak of the Civil War some of these IRA men, originally mobilised for the now-aborted ‘Northern offensive’, were caught up in the hostilities that followed. Four of them were subsequently executed, the only four executions to take place in the county.
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