Capt. Patrick H. O Dwyer Statement
Capt. “C” Coy. (Hollyford), 3rd Batt., Third Tipperary Brigade.
Bureau of Military History Statement #1432.
Probably the most important segment of this statement is Paddy O Dwyer’s description of the Soloheadbeg Ambush, 21 January 1919, in which he played a very active part. This was the first armed action of the newly formed Third Tipperary Brigade and it marked the start of the War of Independence. However, every paragraph of his story is interesting and well worth reading. It describes his political awakening and his involvement with the Volunteers. It also describes the many armed actions in which he participated and the efforts he made to secure his country’s freedom. He emerges as a generous, dedicated, hard-working, modest, and fearless Volunteer.