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Courthouse, Swinford

I didn't know what this building was when I photographed it, but I've since identified it as Swinford Courthouse.

 

The courthouse made the news during the War of Independence. According to a contemporary newspaper report "A military patrol of the Border Regiment from Claremorris was fired at on Saturday night at Swinford and two soldiers were severely wounded. The soldiers halted at Swinford courthouse, from which four streets branch and immediately shots were fired at them by unknown parties. The lorry was riddled in several places with several bullets. The military returned the fire, discharging as many as 500 rounds, with what result did not transpire. The wounded soldiers were conveyed to Claremorris, where their wounds were dressed prior to removal to the Curragh Hospital'.

 

Hard to image such an event happening in sleepy Swinford today.

 

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Taken on August 26, 2012