‘It is the end. Cork has fallen’: Irish Independent reporter’s unique Civil War diary charts how Free State forces seized city

In the second month of the Civil War in 1922, Cork city was occupied by anti-Treaty forces in a ‘Munster Republic’. Irish Independent reporter Frank Geary was the only national newspaper journalist who managed to enter the city as its citizens waited nervously for an offensive by the Free State forces. In this edited extract from his atmospheric and unique war diary, he describes the mood, as National Army Troops landed on ships along the coastline in early August, and their retreating opponents — described as ‘irregulars’ — set fire to police and military barracks in the city. The diary was not published until August 12, when Geary had escaped from the city. He went on to serve as editor of the Irish Independent from 1935 to 1961

Sunday, August 6
This is my third day in Cork. It has rained practically all the time since my arrival. The weather seems to be in keeping with the times. The people are still patiently waiting — waiting for the coming of the war. They are nervous…

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