The Revolutionary Pat Keating of Comeragh

New Booklet on IRA Leader Pat Keating Launches on Friday 30th July March 2021 marked the 100-year anniversary of the death of local IRA leader Pat Keating during the War of Independence. Fatally wounded in the Burgery Ambush, Keating’s death at only 25 years of age was a blow to the local IRA movementhe had…

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Custom House Talks: Dan Head

Dan Head – the boy in the picture. On May 25th, 1921, the last major action by the IRA in the War of Independence took place when almost 300 men and many women took part in an attack on Dublin’s Custom House, the financial heart of British rule in Ireland, intent on burning all documentation…

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Dr Conor McNamara: Galway County Council Historian-in-Residence for 2021

Galway County Council Appoints Historian-in-Residence for 2021 As part of its commitment to the current programme of commemorative events connected with the ongoing Decade of Commemorations 2013–2023, Galway County Council is delighted to announce that Dr Conor McNamara has been appointed to the position of Historian-in-Residence for 2021. The decade 1913-1923 was one of the…

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Mayo in the revolutionary decade

Despite a notable revolutionary pedigree—scene of a French invasion in support of the 1798 Rebellion and cradle of the Land League in 1879—Mayo was a ‘slow starter’ in the War of Independence, with major IRA engagements with Crown forces only starting in the spring of 1921. It was also the scene of major agrarian unrest.…

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