I remember many years ago seeing some of the documentary on the Ballyseedy Massacre.
Pat Butler’s pronunciation of the Kerry placenames such as Gneeveguilla and Knocknagoshel left a stronger memory than the killings on the young me. Way back then, things of history did not hold my attention for too long.
I did not see the start so it was only this morning’s update from Stair nahÉireann that educated as to relative timing of Ballyseedy and Knocknagoshel. For the past number of years, until the opening of the Tralee by-pass last year, we would have passed the Ballyseedy Monument regularly on our way to the Dingle Peninsula.
Since photographing the Knocknagoshel Monument last year, I have been intrigues somewhat as, I think it is the only memorial that I have come across to Pro-Treaty/Free State soldiers, excluding those to Michael Collins. I have photographed many but there appear to be either Civil War memorials and/or Anti-Treaty memorials.
Thanks to YouTube, I can watch what I think is Pat Butler’s documentary from years ago, and learn.
As for learning, my brain had filed away the saying as ‘”Vengeance is Mine” said the Lord’ but apparently the bible has a longer quote.
“Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, says the Lord.”