Today Pól Torbóid and I went to meet friends in Fear Manach and one asked if we'd been to a memorial erected at the spot where Seán South and Feraghal O'Hanlon died. We hadn't been there but we had read a lot about the attack on Brookeborough RUC barracks carried out by the IRA on 1st January 1957.
There are many articles written about that fateful night so I'm not going to write too much here. What surprised us was how far the IRA ASU got from that unionist village despite so many of the volunteers being wounded. The roads are very narrow and go up into the hills but the enemy didn't capture anyone although the two volunteers unfortunately died at the spot where we stood today. On that night there was a shed where the bodies were left.
As we stood looking around we spoke of the rest of the volunteers and what they must've gone through in their heads to evade capture, especially on a winters night. Our friends said they'll take us around other parts of the county where battles etc took place between Irish Republicans and the British.
Indeed there's history going back even further than before the concept of Republicanism was even written about.