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The drama-documentary "The Struggle" (2003)

In 1922, in the Civil War, Sighle Humphreys' house on Ailesbury Rd, Dublin, was raided by the Free State and there was a shootout.
Ernie O'Malley, the IRA Assistant Chief of Staff, was injured and captured.
A Free State soldier was killed.

In 2003, Sighle's grandsons Manchán Magan and Ruán Magan made a 1 hour drama-documentary, The Struggle, RTE TV, about the raid, re-enacting it with actors.


Full video of The Struggle (2003).
Length: 55 minutes.
Note there is a 1 minute interval in the middle. Please be patient.


Written by Manchán Magan and Ruán Magan.
Presented by Manchán Magan.
Edited and Directed by Ruán Magan.
A Create One / Wonderland production for RTE.
In association with Fantastic Films.
All rights reserved.




Actors re-creating the raid.
(Left to Right): The actor playing Ernie O'Malley, the narrator Manchán Magan, the actress playing Sighle, an actor playing a Free State soldier.
Outside Ailesbury Rd.
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36 Ailesbury Road.

Free State soldiers advancing on 36 Ailesbury Rd.
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Free State soldiers advancing on 36 Ailesbury Rd.
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Sighle sees the Free Staters coming.

Ernie O'Malley shooting his way out.

Anno injured.

Ernie drops the grenade.

Ernie exits the house.

Free State soldiers with their backs to Ernie O'Malley.

Ernie O'Malley and Sighle.
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Ernie O'Malley and Sighle.

Ernie O'Malley.
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Sighle, in her dressing-gown, firing a gun.
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The Free State soldier shot and mortally wounded.

Ernie O'Malley.

Ernie O'Malley.
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Ernie O'Malley is shot.

Sighle has a gun put to her face.

36 Ailesbury Road.

The cast.
Sighle was played by Frances Healy.
Ernie O'Malley was played by Mark Doherty.

The Free State raid on Ailesbury Rd in the Civil War, Nov 1922

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