Most of us interested in the War of Independence look back at the Old IRA with respect for teak-tough men. They took many risks, lived on the edge, went through hardships and in several cases survived serious wounds yet continued the fight. Jim Slattery was among the toughest of them all.Custom House narrow escapeWe have written previously about some men severely wounded at the Burning like Tom Ennis, Sean Ward, and Charlie McMahon. And Sean Doyle who despite a bullet though a lung managed to run all the way up Gardiner Street with encouragement from Jim Slattery, shot at Doyle’s side when escaping the building. Unlike his mortally wounded comrade, Slattery lived to tell the tale. His Witness Statement is very matter-of-fact about the ...

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