Ernie (Ernest) O’Malley was born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, in 1897, and was prominent in the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War.
His best known works (On Another Man’s Wound takes its title taken from an Ulster proverb, It’s easy to sleep on another man’s wound) are the classic accounts of the Irish period 1916-1924.
His books are On Another Man’s Wound (Dublin & London, Rich & Cowan, 1936/ Boston, Houghton & Mifflin [published as Army Without Banners], 1937); The Singing Flame (ed. Frances Mary Blake, Dublin, Anvil Books, 1978); and Raids and Rallies (Dublin, Anvil Books, 1982).
Biographical material includes Prisoners: The Civil War Letters of Ernie O’Malley (eds.Richard England and Cormac , Dublin, Poolbeg Press, 1991); The Ernie O’Malley Story, by Padraig O’Farrell (Cork, Mercier Press, 1984); and a full-length biography,Ernie O’Malley: IRA Intellectual, by Richard England (Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1994/New York, Oxford University Press, 1998).
He was for a time editor of The Bell, and was a close friend and supporter of Jack B. Yeats.
Ernie O’Malley was given a State funeral with full military honors when he died in Dublin in March 1957.