MKA Blog Civil War DamageMore County Kerry Claims for compensation for loss of or damage to property that occurred as a result of military action between July 1921 and March 1923, under the Damage to Property (Compensation) Act, 1923 are now available  at the National Archives.   A selection to give you a flavour of life in County Kerry during the Civil War.

Nothing was sacred – heifers, cars, boats, motorcyles, suits (6), food, alcohol, ‘drapery goods’ – you name it.  While the major portion of the blame is attributed to the ‘Irregulars’, the National Army were blamed for an amount of damage also, and the more discreet applicant blamed ‘unknown persons’.


  • Denis Clifford, Mill Rd., Killorglin -One pig killed by bullets penetrating the sty during an attack on National Troops by Iregular forces at Killorglin 27 Sept 1922
  • Patrick Coffey, Castle St., Tralee – Windows broken due to a disturbance between Crown forces and civilians at 34 Upr Castle St., Tralee 21 January 1922
  • John Buckley, Caherlehillan, Kells – One heifer taken away at Garrydine, Co. Kerry by armed men 4 December 1922
  • Ellen M. Collins, Castle St., Tralee – Forty three Ordinance Survey maps commandeered at Castle St., Tralee by armed men 21 July 1921.
  • Violet Anne Blennerhassett, Callanafersey, Milltown – One ladies bicycle commandeered at Callanafersey by armed Irregular forces on 15 April 1923
  • Kate Cussen, Knockacreenen, Lixnaw – Four sheep looted at Knockacreenen by unknown persons 23 January 1923
  • William Jeremiah Leen, Meenogahane, Causeway –  Mowing Machine destroyed at Meenogahane by unknown persons 7 September 1921.