I love listening to such Irish traditional bands as the Chieftains and the Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem, particularly late at night, when my thoughts wing their way back to the experiences of my own Irish ancestors along the Shamrock Shore. But as lovely and dreamy as the melodies are, the lyrics quickly pull me down to the tragedy and cruelty that has informed Irish culture until a fairly recent date. Tonight’s story by Liam O’Flaherty takes us back to the heart of the Irish Civil War of 1922/23. I expect that O’Flaherty, a veteran of both the First World War and of the Civil War, knew a thing or two about tragedy and cruelty.
The Sniper, by Liam O’Flaherty [12:14]