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Dr Edward Mac Lysaght / An Dr Éamonn Mac Giolla Iasachta
Active in the War of Independence
1918-1921

Edward staunchly supported the War for Independence, and especially that of the efforts of the East Clare Brigade led by the Brennan brothers. His office in Raheen was a meeting place for the Volunteers and guns, documents, ammunition were hidden under a big stone wall and were never found even though the house was raided on 26 occasions in the space of 2 years. This continuous war activity led to the near demise of many of the projects so carefully nurtured by Edward on the farm. Meetings were banned, and ordinary work was curtailed because of the curfewand the indiscriminate firing by the Tans as they drove by the farm on their way to and from Killaloe. The transport of farm produce was stopped by roadblocks, and drivers were turned home unless an oath was taken to proscribe Sinn Fein. Edward tried to get some produce across Lough Derg by motor boat, but the Tans sunk it. Edward backed Eamonn de Valera’s election in East Clare and loaned him his car for the election period. In November 1920 his lifelong friend, Conor Clune of Quin, was shot along with Dick Mc Kee and Peadar Clancy. On the day of Conor Clune’s funeral the Tans raided Raheen House and wrecked it. Edward went to the opposition parties in London on behalf of Sinn Féin to publicise the brutality of the Tan warfare, and when he returned he was arrested and imprisoned in Dublin. His solicitor C J Denroche saved him from being shot.

  Páirteach i gCogadh na Saoirse
1918-1921

Bhris Cogadh na Saoirse cuid mhór de na tograí a bhí bunaithe ag Éamonn mar ní raibh éinne chun aire thabhairt dóíbh toisc cuid mhaith de na fir a bheith ar a dteitheadh le Briogáid Oirthear an Chláir. Ni raibh cead ag daoine dul i mbun gnáthchúraimí an tsaoil gan móid a thabhairt i gcoinne Sinn Féin. Bhí caoga duine fostaithe i Raithín agus bhí a bhformhór ins na hÓglaigh.

Chabhraigh Éamonn le feachtas toghcháin de Valera sa Chlár 1917 agus thug a ghluaisteán dó ar feadh coicíse le canbhasáil a dhéanamh.

Maraíodh ceathrar óglach ar dhroichead Chill dá Lua i Mí an Samhna 1920 agus dá dheasca b’éigin dó Conchúr Mac Clúin a thabhairt leis go Baile Átha Cliath in ionad P.J. Hayes. Bhí an mí-ádh ceart orthu mar beireadh ar Chonchúr agus maraíodh é in éineacht le Dick McKee agus Peadar Clancy ar Dhomhnach na Fola 1920. D’ionsaigh na Dubhchrónaigh an teach i Raithín agus stróic siad ó cheile é. Ghabhadh Éamonn agus bhíodar chun é a chur chun báis ach gur shaor a dhlíodóir é.

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