Annual Commemoration at Soloheadbeg To Be Held On Sunday 21st

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The Annual Commemoration at Soloheadbeg will take place on Sunday January 21st.

A wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Republican Monument opposite the church @1pm.

Those attending are invited to gather at Coffey’s Forge at 2.15pm for the march to the Ambush site led by the Seán Treacy Pipe Band.

At approximately 2.30pm the assembly will be addressed by the Chairman of the 3rd Brigade Old IRA Commemoration Committee, Cllr Pat English. This will be followed by a laying of a wreath and a decade of the Rosary. 

The Proclamation will then be read to be followed by an Oration to be given by Robert O’Keeffe, a grandson of Vol. Dan O’Keefe, Glenlough IV Company.  The formal event will conclude with Amhrán na bhFiann.

Refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Riordan family in White’s pub Bohertrine located less than 10 minutes’ walk from the 1919 ambush site.  

In 1919 a group of Tipperary Volunteers decided to carry out an ambush to secure a consignment of gelignite that was being transported from Tipperary town to a local quarry.

The gelignite was accompanied by two council workers and two RIC  police officers.

The two policemen, James McDonnell and Patrick O’Connell were shot dead during the ambush and the two council workers, James Godfrey and Patrick Flynn were unharmed but traumatised.

The ambush party consisted of Patrick O’Dwyer, Seamus Robinson, Sean Treacy, Dan Breen, Sean Hogan, Patrick McCormack, Michael Ryan and Tadgh Crowe.

The ambush is widely regarded as the first engagement of the Irish War of Independence.