The tragic account of a family steeped in the War of Independence in West Cork and divided by the Civil War in which two of the brothers, Tom and SeÃ¡n, played key roles on opposing sides. The story of the brothers and their family gives a unique insight into life in this tumultuous period and epitomises the revolutionary period in Ireland.
The Hales Brothers and the Irish Revolution
The story of the Hales family from Bandon epitomises the whole revolutionary period in Ireland. They were involved from the establishment of the Irish Volunteers in West Cork and were closely associated with well-known revolutionary figures, including Michael Collins, Tom Barry and Liam Deasy. Both SeÃ¡n and Tom were company commanders in the IRA in the area. The signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty in December 1921 split the family and led to the two brothers taking opposing sides in the Civil War that would follow.Tom Hales was the most senior Republican officer on the scene of the chaotic ambush at BÃ©al na mBlÃ¡th that led to the shooting of Michael Collins. SeÃ¡n Hales was himself assassinated in Dublin by Republicans, following a vote in DÃ¡il Ãireann to allow the Provisional Government to increase its powers to penalise Republican prisoners.The story of these brothers and the rest of the family gives a unique insight into life in Ireland in this tumultuous period.