The King's Shilling

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By Dr M. M. O'Connor

The folklore and oral histories of Mayo are peppered with accounts of the dreaded Redcoats; the army of the English invader.

With so many soldiers in the Ballinrobe area, no doubt some were encouraged to join this regiment as, in the early 1830s, Irish men made up just over 42% of the non-commissioned officers and men in the British army.

Read Dr. Michael O’Connor’s article in the Mayo Advertiser Friday 21st January, 2022 at



This page was added by Averil Staunton on 23/01/2022.