Strike Duty. 1913. in County Sligo.
For over a month there have been on duty in Sligo town in connection with a strike at the docks an extra Force of four District-Inspectors, four Head-Constables, and 289 Sergeants, Acting-Sergeants and Constables.
The following counties are represented, viz. :- Reserve (two detachments), Donegal, Fermanagh, Cavan, Westmeath, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo. The District-Inspectors on duty are Mr. E. G. Mylne and Mr. F. Jackson, of the Depot ; Mr. H. J. Moore, of Sligo Town ; Mr. T. Moore, of Easkey, and Mr. W.H. Bodley, of Ballymote, with Head-Constables O'Sullivan and McCorry, of the Reserve ; Murphy, of Silgo ; McBride and Connor, of Co. Donegal.
The extra Force were all provided with lodgings in the town, and fairly comfortable accommodation was secured for the large bodies of men on night duty at the Quays. A serious conflict occurred between the Police and a large body of rioters on two successive days just at the inception of the strike. The mobs on the second occasion attempted to rush the *S.S. Liverpool, which was being guarded by a body of Police under District-Inspector T. Moore, but they were repulsed by a vigorous baton charge, and as they retreated from one coal heap to another, from which they drew plentiful supplies of ammunition, they were outflanked by a smart body of Reserve under command of District-Inspector Jackson, and then-well, the battle was over. Several minor conflicts afterwards took place in other parts of the town. In the Quay area our men sustained a number of casualties, but we only lost two men from the fighting line-viz., T.Moffat and Constable Jas. Malone, both of the Reserve Force. Moffat was seriously injured in the forehead by stones, and an ugly wound was inflicted upon him, and Malone, though not so badly injured as Moffat, was knocked out by a blow of a large stone or bottle in the neck. Both have since been inmates of the Sligo County Infirmary, and we record with pleasure the fact that they are progressing most satisfactorily. They have been regularly visited by their comrades, the officers and the County Inspector. Further details of the " strike " duties will appear in the next issue.
Ref :- R.I.C. Mag, May, 1913.