Raided Train Mail Returned

As part of intelligence gathering operations the mail trains in Wexford were regularly raided by the IRA. Official letters between barracks and army officials were targeted and often contained valuable information relating to the strength and activities of the police and others. Also letters from spies and informers were intercepted. While private mail was never read many letters were stamped with the words’ censored by the IRA’ to give the impression of a large scale operation. In an instance below in New Ross Standard it was reported how mails taken previously from Rathgarouge station near New Ross were returned and put back on another at Campile after the IRA had finished ‘sorting’ through them!

New Ross Standard, Friday 10th September 1920, p5

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