The Drishanebeg Ambush Centenary Commemoration Address by Jack Lane

The Drishanebeg Ambush Centenary Commemoration Address

 by  Jack Lane 

 Aubane Historical Society

 CENTENARY OF THE DRISHANEBEG AMBUSH

11th February 2021

I want to thank the Committee for organising this event and inviting me to speak. A good indication of their efficient and professional approach was to ask me to speak here some months ago. That is much appreciated. I also want to thank the Committee for doing this and making such an event as we have today.

I think many of you will agree that this type of event was unimaginable a few years ago. Irish history writing by our academics and commentators went through a very bad period for a number of years.

There was an attempt to give us a bad conscience about the war of independent and these types of commemorations were seen as in bad taste.  The only disagreement I have with the commemorations is that they should be called celebrations but never mind.

There was an attempt to create a narrative of the War of the Independence that was designed to give us bad conscience about the whole thing because it was alleged to be a sectarian episode; that it was war against Protestants. This was incredible to anyone who had any knowledge at all of the people who fought that war or the events of the war. It was an attempt to try to prove that our state was deformed at birth, so to speak.

The location of the Ambush at this cutting, just over 90 years later, Tuesday 8 March 2011, near MP17½, looking towards Millstreet where, on Friday 11 February 1921, the 5:15pm train from Cork to Tralee was ambushed. (Photo: Oliver Doyle)
The train afterwards, 3rd class 6-wheel carriage No. 663 at Tralee Bay platform, blood-stained and with bullet holes, Saturday 12 February 1921. The platform side of the coach with substantial window damage. (Photo: Museum of the Royal Fusiliers, HM Tower of London)

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Captain Con Murphy Remembered in Millstreet & Ballydaly Today

Marking the Centenary on 1st Feb. 2021 of the death of Captain Con Murphy a dedicated Committee paid special tribute to his memory firstly at The Square, Millstreet today (Sunday, 31st Jan. 2021) at 10 a.m. and one hour later in Ballydaly.  Here we share images from the historic events.  Later in the week John Tarrant will share a full illustrated report in the “Corkman”.  Tap on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.)

Pictured this Sunday Morning at the Monument in The Square – from left: Pat Joe Creedon, Noel Keating, Jerry Lehane and Donal Dennehy. It was Nora Kelleher, Minor Row, Millstreet who very kindly presented the historic banner to the organising Committee.
The historic ceremony at Ballydaly/Rathduane this Sunday morning. Many of those present were related to the late Captain Con Murphy.
Meave O’Leary from the Sliabh Luachra area laid the special wreath in memory of her late great-grand uncle Captain Con Murphy.
Tim O’Sullivan of Sliabh Luachra
John McCarthy recited a Decade of the Rosary while Tim Murphy addressed the gathering.

It’s almost twenty years since the Monument in tribute to the memory of the late Captain Con Murphy, was unveiled.

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Remembering Terence MacSwiney in Millstreet on Sunday

Sunday, 25th Oct. 2020 marked the Centenary of the Death of Cork’s Lord Mayor, Terence MacSwiney.   Noel Keating placed a wreath in commemoration of the highly significant 1920 happening.   Jerry Lehane and his dedicated Team created a very dignified feature at the National Monument in The Square, Millstreet at 11.00 a.m..  Terence  MacSwiney had visited Millstreet in 1915.   Here we share a selection of some 14 images recalling Sunday’s historic event.   Tap on the pictures to enlarge.  (S.R.) [read more …] “Remembering Terence MacSwiney in Millstreet on Sunday”

Update on Centenary Celebrations for An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire

We thank Brendan O’Keeffe for the following important update.  (S.R.)

Carriganima Community Development has been making steady progress in organising the centenary celebrations for An tAthair Peadar Ó Laoghaire.  An tAthair Peadar, who was born in the townland of Liscarriguane, spent his formative years here.  He was a renowned Gaelic scholar and a champion of the spoken Irish of the people.  He wrote several works, and his novel Séadhna was the first novel in modern Irish.  He died in March 1920, and it is only fitting that we, his own people, mark this important centenary.

The commemoration will commence on Friday, March 20 with an opening ceremony and a gathering of musicians in ‘The Pub’ – beginning at 8.30pm.  Representatives of Carriganima Community Development will speak.  Tim Joe O’Riordan will be the anchor musician, but all others are very welcome to join in.

On Saturday, March 21, there will be a guided bus tour to sites associated with An tAthair Peadar and his ancestors, including Carrignacurra Castle, Carraig na Madraí and Liscarrigane (the family homestead).  The bus will leave the village at 12 noon, and return at approximately 4pm.  Soup and sandwiches will be available for purchase in The Pub afterwards. All those on the tour must stay together, and comply with the Country Code.  Carriganima Community Development is very grateful to the affected landowners for their permission to allow people to access sites as part of this tour.  Prior booking is essential via Eventbrite.  To book your place, please click here (You may need to hold down the ‘Ctrl’ key at the same time), or Google Tour An tAthair Peadar. This guided tour is compliments of Carriganima Community Development.

At 6pm, Rt. Rev. Msgr. James O’Donnell will lead a concelebrated bilingual Mass, before which he will bless a commemorative plaque, which is due to be installed in the Church.  Local singers and musicians have been rehearsing for the Mass, and we welcome others to join in. After Mass, there will be a social gathering in The Pub, and refreshments will be served.  Murt Kelliher will lead musicians, and again, others are welcome to join in.

The community has, under the stewardship of James O’Leary, compiled a book ‘Ár Scéal Féin’ – brimming with genealogy, stories, tales, heritage, history and folklore from the wider locality over the past one hundred years.  This will be formally launched after Mass.  Copies will be on sale, on the night, and patrons will have to be quick to get their copy of this momentous publication.  

For further information, or if you would like to assist in any way, please email: carriganima2020 @gmail.com

All are welcome / Fáilte roimh chách.