An evening of commemoration has been planned for Ballyporeen Community Hall this Saturday, 3rd February at 8pm to celebrate Ballyporeen’s contribution to Irish independence.

It will consist of a mixture of re-enactment, song, presentation, display of artefacts and discussion of the revolutionary period from 1914 to 1921.

In excess of 100 local personnel from all townlands were members of initially the Irish Volunteers and subsequently the Irish Republican Army and Cumann na mBan. While the period from 1914 to the Truce in 1921 will be covered, the presentation will concentrate on 4 of the more significant event;

  • 1914 when 1000 Irish Volunteers from the Galtee Regiment Assembled in Ballyporeen
  • 1917 Court case held in Church Street, Ballyporeen for the Illegal Drilling at Barnahown
  • 1920 famous Kiltankin/Ballygiblin escape of Sean Hogan’s Flying column
  • 1921 Flying Column raid on Ballyporeen Barracks and the subsequent burning of O’Farrell’s and Kearney’s by the Black & Tans


Others areas covered will be the safe houses, dug outs, activities of Cumann na mBan and arrest and imprisonment of Volunteers in Spike Island, Ballykinlar Camp etc.

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