The Men Will Talk to Me: Oral History of IRA launched by Taoiseach

In the 1940s and 1950s Ernie O’Malley travelled around Ireland interviewing survivors of Ireland’s struggle for Independence. These interviews, now being made available to the public for the first, time give a fascinating insight into the times and the people who fought. Many of those who were interviewed were unwilling to talk – even to their own families – about their experience, but because O’Malley was such a well-respected figure they consented to be interviewed by him.

This book includes accounts of activities in many parts of Mayo and neighbouring parts of Roscommon and Sligo and most of those interviewed also fought against the Free State in the civil war. The key events described took place in the early months of 1921 in places such as Kilmeena, Tourmakeady and Carrowkennedy.

The Men Will Talk to Me: Mayo Interviews by Ernie O’Malley

‘The Men will Talk to Me’ Mayo Interviews
By The Castle Bookshop
26, Apr 2014

Mayo County Library in association with The Castle Bookshop and successfully launched, ‘The Men will Talk to Me Mayo Interviews’ by Ernie O’Malley, Edited by Mr. Cormac O’Malley and Mr. Vincent Keane, Friday the 25th of April.

The book was launched by An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny TD and the editor of the book, Mr. Vincent Keane.

It is with great excitement and anticipation that announce the publication of ‘The Men will Talk to Me: Mayo Interviews’ by Ernie O’Malley.

This book, brings the reader a valuable and interesting account of the War of Independence and the Civil War in Mayo. The deceased athor, Ernie O’Malley, collected interviews from Mayo men who fought in the War of Independence. This book, brings these interviews together, in a wonderful collection of primary historical sources.

Dramatic events, including the ‘Battle of Tourmakeady’ are discussed in the book, and it adds to the already wonderful collection of books, published by Mercier Press by Ernie O’Malley.

The Castle Bookshop, Castle Street, Castlebar were delighted to have been involved in the launch of this fantastic book. The launch event will took place on Friday, April 25th at 6.30pm. The launch was held in Mayo County Library and the book was launched by An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny T.D. and co-editor, Mr. Vincent Keane.

The book is available at The Castle Bookshop, Castle Street, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.

Contact the shop by telephone at 094 9024422 or by e mail at

The book is also available online at

The Men Will Talk to Me: Kerry Interviews by Ernie O’Malley

From Easter 1916 until the bitter end of the Civil War, Kerry was embroiled in bloody conflict. Now, for the first time in published form, many of the county’s main participants in the struggle tell their own stories. These were narrated to Ernie O’Malley in the late 1940s and early 1950s. During their lifetimes, these men were reluctant to recount their exploits, even to their own families, but were willing to speak to Ernie O’Malley, a respected and legendary IRA leader during the War of Independence and Civil War.

Working from his father’s notebooks, Cormac O’Malley, with local Kerry historian, Tim Horgan, has produced the only comprehensive first hand accounts of the War of Independence and the Civil War in Kerry. Many of the bloody and controversial incidents of the period are brought vividly to life through the words of the participants. The extensive footnotes enrich the original interview text and the work is complemented by a photographic section which includes previously unpublished photographs of the time.