Irish National Army Sweeping On

The Irish Independence Film Collection
Directed by:
Topical Film Company
Produced by:
Topical Film Company


46 sec
Silent with English Intertitles

Scenes of fighting in Limerick are shown in this newsreel. National Army men fire field guns and rifles in the open countryside and Lancia armoured cars and omnibuses park outside a burnt-out building with a partially painted out sign ‘Vote Sinn Féin IRA.’

The Battle of Kilmallock took place between July 25th and August 5th 1922 in County Limerick. It was one of the largest engagements of the Irish Civil War. It consisted of ten days of fighting in the countryside around Kilmallock. Irish Free State Army forces advanced south of Limerick city but found their path blocked by anti-Treaty IRA troops, dug into a number of villages at Bruff, Bruree and Patrickswell. The fighting ended with the retreat of the anti-Treaty fighters and the occupation of Kilmallock by Free State forces.