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Read an article on revolutionary period books that features this title in Irish Economic and Social History, 2016Read a piece by Fearghal McGarry on the Centenary Classics in the Irish Examiner, 21 March 2016

Victory and Woe

Mossie Harnett (author)
James H. Joy (author)
Fearghal McGarry (author)
Paperback / softback,
Publication date:
27th October 2015

Author Biography

Mossie Harnett (1893-1977) was a farmer in Limerick and a Limerick County Councillor before moving to Dublin in 1939. James H. Joy is Mossie Harnett's son-in-law, and Adjunct Professor of History at Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge, Virginia, USA. Fearghal McGarry is a lecturer in Modern Irish History at Queen's University Belfast.


The Centenary Classics series examines the fascinating time of change and evolution in the Ireland of 100 years ago during the 1916-23 revolutionary period. Each volume is introduced by Fearghal McGarry who sets the scene of this important period in Ireland's history. Victory and Woe is an account of life at the grassroots during the Irish War of Independence and the Civil War by the Officer Commanding, 2nd Battalion, West Limerick Brigade of the Irish Volunteers. Mossie Harnett (1893-1977), who fought on the Anti-Treaty side in the Civil War, describes his early life on a farm in Tournafulla in the southwest corner of Limerick, his enrolment in the Irish Volunteers in 1915, and his involvement in the conflict until his release from a Free State prison in 1923. In an appendix, the British troops' little-known and short-lived practice of taking hostages in order to protect themselves is vividly described by Mossie's cousin, Dr Edward Harnett, who was taken hostage in spring 1921. An introduction by Harnett's son-in-law, James H. Joy, places his father-in-law's text in the context of the revolutionary period.