Bru Boru Theatre in Cashel on Friday, January 6 at 7 pm is the chosen place for the launch, by Alan Kelly TD, Minister for Public Transport and Commuter Affairs, of the Third Tipperary Brigade Old IRA Commemoration Committee DVD on the Irish War of Independence titled “Where Tipperary Leads Ireland Follows.”
This is a factual and remarkable story told by the people who were in the front line of the activities that changed the course of Irish history. It was recorded in the early 1980s and directly relates to the happenings of the time and the personalities of the men and women who endured imprisonment, hunger strikes, torture, harassment and execution,
On the same day the Dail sat in the Mansion House in Dublin, January 21 1919, at Soloheadbeg the Irish Republican Brotherhood challenged the writ of the British Empire in County Tipperary when they fatally wounded two members of the Royal Irish Constabulary when seizing a quantity of gelignite they were overseeing being delivered to a local County Council quarry. Those were the shots that began the War of Independence
The DVD relates the events that amazed the nation as Tipperary versus the British Empire went on for most of 1919 including the capture by the RIC of Sean Hogan at Annfeld, one of the Soloheadbeg ambushers, and his rescue by the IRB after an intense engagement at Knocklong railway station on May 13, 1919, while on June 23, 1919 District Inspector Hunt of the RIC was fatally wounded in Liberty Square, Thurles while returning with a group of police on foot from duty at Thurles races following which the police waged a demolition attempt on many business premises in Thurles following the shooting of the officer.
The proceeds from the sale of the DVDs after expenses will be used to perpetuate the memory of all who were involved in the 3rd Tipperary Brigade Old IRA and who confirmed our status as the Premier County.