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“WANTED” – Sean Hogan Irish Revolutionary

“A Badly Wanted Man: The Story of Sean Hogan” by Tom Hurley.

Sean Hogan circa 1921

Sean Hogan (1921)

There will no doubt be much interest generated in the Premier County and further afield in an upcoming four-part documentary due to be aired on Tipp Mid West Radio, which investigates the life of IRA freedom fighter Sean Hogan, a native of Stokaun, Greenane, situated just outside of Tipperary Town, in Co. Tipperary.

Sean Hogan first gained notoriety as a teenager from his role in the Soloheadbeg and Knocklong engagements of 1919. He went on to become one of the most wanted men in the British Empire for the duration of this Irish revolutionary period. Hogan together with Dan Breen, Sean Treacy and Seamus Robinson made up what was known as “The Big Four”, and participated in numerous other IRA engagements, which will be highlighted in this radio broadcast.

When the civil war ended in 1923 Sean Hogan did his best to re-adjust to some sort of normal life, but at times down through the years found this exceedingly difficult to achieve. Possible reasons for this are examined in detail in these broadcasts, along with a look at his time spent in America; jail; later family life; vices, and the circumstances behind his death in 1968.

The programmes, which chronicle his whole life, also reflect on the reasons behind his move to live to the Leinster area; querying why he never in later years provided a written account of his revolutionary activities, as did so many of his former comrades. These radio broadcasts will conclude with a look at his legacy and how he is regarded in his native county today.

His life story is investigated and revealed through incorporating material taken from newspaper accounts; parish records; census records, together with genealogical documentation and  interviews recorded in his native county and further afield.

Contributors to the programmes include his son Sean Hogan (Jnr); his grandson Treacy Hogan; historians John Connors (Borrisoleigh), Tom Toomey (Limerick) and Sean Hogan (Puckane). There are also interviews with Aileen Sweeney (a descendant of one of the RIC men killed at Soloheadbeg); Anne Power (Tipperary Town); Cormac O’Malley (son of Ernie O’Malley) and Micheál Martin (Cork).

Overall there is a lot of new information contained in these programmes and light is shed on the lasting effects that involvement in the independence struggle had on many of the leading participants.

The four-part documentary entitled “A Badly Wanted Man: The Story of Sean Hogan” by Tom Hurley will be aired at 11.05am on May 16th, 17th, 18th & 19th on Tipp Mid West Radio.

The programmes can also be heard on www.tippmidwestradio.com (Listen Live).

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Tipperary – The Hannah Sheehy Skeffington Connection

Hannah Sheehy Skeffington – Loughmore Mill, Loughmore, Templemore, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

A State commemoration ceremony for Francis Sheehy Skeffington and journalists Thomas Dickson and Patrick McIntyre, all who were executed together in Portobello Barracks (today known as Cathal Brugha Barracks), in Rathmines, Dublin, was held recently on the 26th April of this year.

It is however possibly less well known that Hanna Sheehy (1877-1946 & wife of Francis Sheehy Skeffington) lived and received her early education at Loughmore, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, at the end of the 19th century. This historic occurrence, today, closely connects the now presently inactive Loughmore Corn and Wool Tucking Mill, with this same unfortunate April 26th 1916 event.

Loughmore

Pictured L-R: (A) (L-R) Msgr. Dr. Maurice Dooley, with mill proprietors Tom, Geraldine & Tomás Larkin. (B) Existing partial interior of Sheehy’s original Mill, soon to be restored. (C) Hanna Sheehy’s original residence, as seen today.

About 1878 David Sheehy (Hanna Sheehy’s father), his wife Bessie (née McCoy), and their eldest child Hanna, came to live; renting the Mill in Loughmore. David was born in County Limerick and attended the Irish College, studying for the priesthood, in Paris with his older brother, Eugene,[*1] latter known as the ‘Land League Priest‘ and also one of Éamon de Valera’s teachers.  However he (David), was sent home from Paris during an outbreak of cholera, there in 1866. On his return home he became implicated in the ill-fated Rising of 1867, after which he fled the country, going to sea. After a few years he returned home and ran a mill at Kilmallock and later at Kanturk, before renting the mill at Loughmore around 1878. It was while in Kanturk that he married Bessie McCoy,[*2] who was from the region of Ballyhahill, in Co. Limerick.

[*1] In 1886 Fr Eugene Sheehy was C.C. of Kilmallock, Co. Limerick and later P.P. of Bruff. He resigned in 1909 because he had gotten into trouble with his bishop, Dr Edward Thomas O’Dwyer. He went to live with the Sheehy’s who were then living in Dublin. He was jailed in Kilmainham with Charles Stewart Parnell. He died in 1917 and is buried in Glasnevin cemetery.

[*2] Bessie’s sister Kate was Mrs Kate Barry of Barry’s Hotel, Dublin.

David and Bessie went on to have seven children, six of whom were born in the village of Loughmore, Thurles, Co Tipperary. Before the end of the century the whole family had moved to No 2. Belvedere Place, Dublin. David became Secretary to the Irish Parliamentary Party and an M.P. for Meath and later for South Galway; a post he held until the Sinn Féin landslide of 1913.  James Joyce, a student at the nearby Belvedere College was a regular visitor to No 2. Belvedere Place, in 1896-1897 and he nursed a secret love for Hanna’s sister Mary, who was later married to Irish economist, journalist, barrister, writer, poet, soldier and Home Rule politician Tom Michael Kettle. Bessie died in 1917 and David around 1932/33, at the age of 86.

Before moving to Loughmore, his eldest daughter Hanna Sheehy had been born 3 years earlier in Kanturk, North Co. Cork, on the 24th May 1877.
The text hereunder is reproduced from an old newspaper clipping from the year 1938.

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Death Of Sr. Clare Stakelum, Ballinahow, Thurles

DeathIt is with great sadness we learned of the death today, Thursday 12th May 2016, of Sr. Clare (Angela) Stakelum (Daughter of Charity), Clontarf, Dublin and formerly of Ballinahow, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Sr. Clare passed away peacefully at her Dublin residence; most  deeply regretted by her sisters Peg (Purcell), Bridget (Ryan) and Lucy (Ryan); her brother Gerry and his wife Nuala; her nieces; nephews; relatives; friends, together with her Daughters of Charity Community colleagues.

Funeral Arrangements
The earthly remains of Sr. Clare will repose at No.109 Mount Prospect Ave., Clontarf on tomorrow, Friday, from 4.30pm.

Removal will take place on Saturday next (May 14th); to St. Catherine’s Provincial House, Dunardagh, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, for Requiem Mass at 10.30am. Mass will be followed by her burial immediately afterwards at Deansgrange Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis

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Thurles Free WEEE Collection May 14th 2016

Electrical and Battery Recycling

Electrical and Battery Recycling

A reminder to all regarding the recycling of old electrical appliances via WEEE Ireland.

WEEE Ireland is a not for profit organisation, founded by the producers of electrical and electronic appliances, in order to comply with the legal obligations imposed by the WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC.

Remember WEEE material is anything with a plug normally attached and WEEE Ireland will be making collections from 10.00am until 4.00pm, on Saturday 14th of May 2016, from the following Venues:- Town Car Park, Main Square, Templemore and the Mid-Tipperary Mart Yard, Stradavoher, here in Thurles Town.

So here is your opportunity to bring along old redundant electrical appliances for recycling. Remember this is a completely FREE service, eliminating the temptation to dump illegally in our beautiful countryside.

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Thurles Rotary ‘Reaching For Great Heights’

Can You Meet the Thurles Rotary Challenge?

On June 18th 2016, an expedition of ‘intrepid adventurers’ will attempt to walk up and down three hills in Co. Tipperary on the same day.

Rotary

Pictured L-R: Jean Forbes Cooke, Jonathan Gleeson, The Don, Michael Wright, Sean Spain and Barry Cagney on the top of Slievenamon, Co. Tipperary recently.

Starting at the base of the 2,277 ft. high ‘Keeper Hill’ (Sliabh Coimeálta or The Mountain of Guarding), outside Newport, the team will take three hours to climb up and down. Then an hour long drive later on to Skeheenarinky (with a lunch stop at Kilcoran Lodge Hotel), when the team will take four hours to climb up and down the 3015 ft high ‘Galteemore’ (Cnoc Mór na nGaibhlte, or Big Hill of the Galtees). Finally, after a drive to Kilcash, take the two hour walk up and down the 2,365 ft Slievenamon (Sliabh na mBan, or Mountain of the Women). The team will then collapse into McCarthy’s Bar in Fethard for food and a bit of ‘craic’. (Sean could even be persuaded to drag along his guitar.)

The expedition is organised by the Rotary Club of Thurles and the objective, as well as completing the walk is to raise money for the Jack and Jill Foundation. Last year the Rotary Club of Thurles raised over €4000 for this charity.

This year the Rotary Club of Thurles is delighted to invite anyone with good fitness and who is interested in completing this expedition, to join this walk on June 18th next.

Walkers will be accompanied by an experienced mountain guide; with transport to and from Thurles to all three peaks above mentioned. There are no costs to joining the expedition, although it is essential that each walker must bring suitable clothing and walking boots, in order to take part. Each walker must also be able to effectively fund raise for the Jack and Jill Foundation, to secure a place on the team.

Information: For more details on competing in this most exciting of adventures, please contact Michael Wright on Mobile: (083) 3581304.

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