Go to my Facebook Page and see the short clip of my uncle Brig. Gen. George Adamson taking part in the ceremony on the castle battlements. He is second from the left looking up at the flag pole with the Irish flag around his body. Wait for the adverts to end and the clip to start. The castle was renamed Adamson Castle in his honour after his murder in 1922
The publication of 'Twice a Hero' which covers the Irish War of Independence has attracted some comments on the difference between Freedom/Guerrilla Fighters and Terrorists in reference to the Irish Volunteers formed on the 25th March 1913 'To secure and maintain the rights and liberties common to all of the people of Ireland.' later renamed and referred to as The Irish Republican Army from August 1919.
A Freedom/Guerrilla Fighter generally operates as part of a small band or group as an irregular military unit aimed at at attacking oppressive occupation forces both military and paramilitary and destroying its infrastructure, making every effort to avoid collateral injury or death to their fellow citizens and damage to their property. Whereas Terrorists intentionally and indiscriminately target and attempt to kill or maim innocent men women and children and destroy their property. Following my research into 'Twice a Hero' it is my contention that the (Old) IRA 1919-1922 operated as Freedom/Guerrilla Fighters during the Irish War of Independence.
On the 25th April 1922, the day of his 25th birthday, Brig. Gen George Adamson was murdered in Athlone in the Irish Midlands. I had hoped to display this on Facebook and Twitter but my plans were spoiled by my internet and phone supplier Talk Talk who, due to some unexplained reason, left me without any comms for eleven days. During that timed this communication company failed to communicate with me leaving me 'high and dry.' So, if anyone can recommend a good replacement company please let me know.
However, this setback did not stop me commemorating the brutal death of my uncle George as I had arranged a book signing of 'Twice a Hero' on the day in the Aidan Heavey Library in Athlone, courtesy of its Senior Executive Librarian Gearoid O' Brien. I got great backing from Tadhg Carey, Editor of The Westmeath Independent newspaper who ran an article written by John Rattigan who's father Patsy was a closed friend of my uncle George. Prior to that I was interviewed by Ed Coyle on Athlone Community Radio 88.4 FM with the end result that the day of the signing got off to a cracking start which then went on to be a great success. Many thanks to the people of Athlone who dropped in to have a chat about the period 1919-1922 and in most cases buying a book which I had the pleasure of signing.
Further to this, and having written to The National Graves Association in Dublin, a voluntary group, who look after the last resting place of the heroes of the Irish fight for freedom, have taken on the task of trying to get something done with the discraceful state of the Mount Temple Graveyard in Moate, Co. Westmeath where Brig. Gen. George Adamson, Comdt. Jim Tormey and his brother Volunteer James lie buried in unmarked graves. I will follow the Associations progress on my blog.