Kilmorna House, Co Kerry

Oh Mother Ireland, dry your tears Be ever full of cheer, Pray for those noble volunteers Who fought to set you free. When freedom comes to Ireland’s sons Brave Irishmen will say “Lay down your guns, the fight is won At the dawning of the day” The months of April and May, 1921 saw a […]

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#OTD in 1920 – Sinn Féin County Councillor John Lynch of Kilmallock, Limerick was assassinated by British agents at the Exchange Hotel, Dublin.

At 1.15 am Captain Geoffrey Thomas Baggallay, a “one-legged” courts-martial officer had phoned Dublin Castle telling of John Lynch’s presence at the Exchange Hotel. A group of 12 soldiers entered the Exchange Hotel, wearing military caps and long black Burberry coats. They held the hotel porter, William Barrett, at gunpoint. After consulting the register they […]

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#OTD in 1921 – A group of Black and Tans traveling from Listowel towards Athea arrested four young men (Paddy Dalton, Paddy Walsh, Jerry Lyons, Con Dee) in Gortaglanna.

Fuair siad bás ar son Saoirse na hÉireann! A troop of Black and Tans were travelling out from Listowel towards Athea when they arrested four young unarmed men in Gortaglanna. Prior to this the barracks in Listowel had been burnt out and the troops, heavy with drink and bent on revenge decided to execute the […]

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#OTD in 1964 – Death of novelist Maurice Walsh, author of the original story of The Quiet Man, in Blackrock, Co Dublin.

Maurice Walsh was born in Ballydonoghue, near Listowel, Co Kerry, and is best known for the short story The Quiet Man which was later made into an Oscar-winning movie directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. He was one of Ireland’s best-selling authors in the 1930s. John Walsh’s main interests were […]

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Kilmorna House, Co Kerry

Oh Mother Ireland, dry your tears Be ever full of cheer, Pray for those noble volunteers Who fought to set you free. When freedom comes to Ireland’s sons Brave Irishmen will say “Lay down your guns, the fight is won At the dawning of the day” The months of April and May, 1921 saw a […]

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#OTD in 1920 – Sinn Féin County Councillor John Lynch of Kilmallock, Limerick was assassinated by British agents at the Exchange Hotel Dublin.

At 1.15 am Captain Geoffrey Thomas Baggallay, a “one-legged” courts-martial officer had phoned Dublin Castle telling of John Lynch’s presence at the Exchange Hotel. A group of 12 soldiers entered the Exchange Hotel, wearing military caps and long black Burberry coats. They held the hotel porter, William Barrett, at gunpoint. After consulting the register they […]

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#OTD in 2002 – Writer John B. Keane dies at his home in Listowel, Co Kerry.

John Brendan Keane was a playwright, novelist and essayist from Listowel, Co Kerry. He was one of Ireland’s finest (and wittiest) playwrights. His many works include: Many Young Men of Twenty, Sive, The Year of the Hiker, The Field and Big Maggie. He married Mary O’Connor in 1955 and had four children: Billy, Conor, John […]

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