http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com/2004_01_25_1169andcounting_archive.html (Given that the story was published in separate blog posts, the article is broken up, so you’ll have to scroll down the page to read it all.)
And scroll down nearly to the end of this page to read the rest:
“Republican activity was high during the troubles at the start of the 20th century. This was due to the many hiding places in the Comeraghs and the willingness of the local population to aid the “Flying Columns”.
Rathgormack was attached to the 3rd Tipperary Brigade at the end of hostilities in 1921 and was known as F Company of the 8th Battalion Carrick-on Suir. There were 30 men in the company. Mothel/D company had 57 men, Clonea/E company had 72 men and Windgap or G company had 30 men. You can read more about those troubled times at Phoenix Publishing.
One of the darkest incidents in the bitter struggle to happen in the Rathgormack area was when the 3rd Tipp. brigade under Dinny Lacey executed District Inspector Gilbert Potter, of the RIC station in Cahir, in response to the execution of Thomas Traynor in April 1921. This event occurred around Coolnahorna and Moonminane. There is further information about the operations of the IRA in the Comeragh area in “The Comeraghs – Refuge of Rebels by Sean and Sile Murphy, though this is probably long out of print.
Upper part of the Nire Valley a favourite haunt of the rebels and venue for a famous meeting of the IRA executive in 1923 attended by De Valera, it signaled the beginning of the end of the Civil War.”
References to two articles about Lacey’s death.
I think it possible that my grandfather may have fought with Dinny Lacey, but I cannot be sure. I do know that, when I told my mother the following story about him, which Seán Fitzpatrick related in his Bureau of Military History statement, she had already heard it.
One night, Dinny Lacey and his men were lying in ambush. Their quarry did not appear, but during the night they were unnerved by an approaching sound. It was like someone walking towards them very deliberately. Lacey shouted at the intruder to identify himself. No answer, and the steps continued.
Lacey again shouted a warning, but no response. Finally, he fired a shot in the direction of the noise. It ceased immediately. On investigation, it was found that Lacey had shot a poor inoffensive donkey.
Seán Fitzpatrick rebuked Lacey for his actions.
“Well, he should have put up his hands!” was the response.