Kerry IRA volunteer to be remembered in Limerick

Kerry IRA volunteer Liam Scully is to be remembered on the centenary of his death on 28th May, with a commemorative book.

The book was compiled by members of the West Limerick Republican Committee, and edited by Limerick writer Séighin Ó Ceallaigh.

Pádraig Ó Coileáin, a member of the committee said: “With all that’s going on at the moment we are unfortunately unable to hold the centenary commemoration for Liam Scully, as was the case for our 1916 Martyrs, especially West Limerick man Con Colbert.

“But we decided some time back to produce a book to tell Liam’s story, and the significant work he did for the cause of Irish freedom in both Kerry and Limerick.”

The book’s editor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh said: “While Liam was from Glencar in County Kerry, he played a significant part in the war in Limerick. He was transferred from North Kerry to West Limerick, and then subsequently to East Limerick, where he was involved in the shooting of two RIC Officers in Rathkeale, the successful attack on Ballylanders RIC Barracks and the final action of his life, the attack on Kilmallock RIC Barracks, where he was shot in the neck and died shortly after.”

From Glencar to Glantine

“The book is called ‘From Glencar to Glantine: The Liam Scully Story’, because Liam was born in Glencar, and buried in Templeglantine, having been brought out of Kilmallock by IRA volunteers from West Limerick,” Seighin Ó Ceallaigh explained, adding that while he may be unheard of to many, he had a very interesting life, being involved in the Irish Volunteers, the IRB and Conradh na Gaeilge.

Pádraig Ó Coileáin added: “Unfortunately given the circumstances we won’t be having a book launch, but books will be available on Facebook on the West Limerick Sinn Féin page, or people can contact myself directly, and it will also be available on Amazon.

“I hope to have a few copies in some of the local shops that are open, and that we can once again hold a large commemoration for Liam Scully in 2021.”