Exploring The War Of Independence
From the capture of the RIC Barracks at Hugginstown in March 1920 to IRA volunteers attacking the Drangan Barracks bordering Kilkenny and Tipperary, the shootings of Sean Hartley and Nicholas Mullins by the Black and Tans at Coolbawn, to the introduction of Martial Law in the county, to a shootout in February of 1921 on Friary Street, only two minutes from our festival box office, the Irish War Of Independence has deep roots in Kilkenny city and county and we're delighted to be able to explore its significance and reopen old war stories at the Skyline Suite in Hotel Kilkenny on the Tuesday night of this year's festival.
Our history talks have been hugely successful in recent years and this year we're delight to welcome back Catriona Crowe who will chair The War Of Independence in Kilkenny, alongside Professor Eunan O'Halpin, author of Defending Ireland, Dr. Eve Morrison and Jim Maher.
Discussions on the night will look at the IRA presence in the county in the 1920s, Kilkenny casualties during the war, the oral history of the period and the Callan Flying Column, one of the most active in the county at the time.
This is a rare opportunity to hear and explore Kilkenny as it was 90 years ago and if previous years are anything to go by, don't leave it until the last minute to get yourself a ticket.
Give us a call today on 056 7752175 at the box office on John Street or get your tickets right now by clicking here.