The Heavenly Heights of Kildorrery

“The Heavenly Heights of Kildorrery”

"The Heights of Kildorrery" by Fenian Partick Denihan

“The Heavenly Heights of Kildorrery” by Fenian Partick Denihan

On the way out by Mitchelstown to find the Peter O’Neill Crowley Monument in Kilclooney Wood,  we came across this stone slab dedicated to the Fenian Patrick Denihan, who we must admit, we hadn’t heard of before! Kildorrery is a small parish about 10km west of Mitchelstown.

To view the Peter O’Neil Crowley Monument photos simply go to the Plaques and Monuments section and scroll down through the drop down section to find them.

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New magazine on the Irish Citizen Army!

“The Irish Citizen Army In Stoneybatter, Smithfield and the Markets”

The new Irish Citizen Army Magazine

The new Irish Citizen Army Magazine

A new magazine is available on the Irish Citizen Army, it has been produced by The Stoneybatter and Smithfield’s Peoples History Project in Dublin, a Local History project that has been going for two years, it organises historical walking tours, talks, and has already produced another magazine which commemorated the 1913 Church Street Tenement Collapse.

Their website can be found here and Facebook

Anyone in the Cork area that would like a copy get in touch send us an email at or send us a message on our Facebook page., and we will get it to you, it is only  €4 !

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“The Tower that Captain Mackey Sacked”

Then one of them stepped up to me and he asked me did I know
The Green hills of Tipperary or the Glen of Aherlow
Or could I tell where Crowley fell, his native land to free
Or the tower that Captain Mackey sacked, down Erin’s lovely Lee

Monning Tower which was attacked by Captain Mackey's Band of Fenians in December 1867

Monning Tower which was attacked by Captain Mackey’s Band of Fenians on December 27th 1867

In a recent excursion the Rebel History Group followed in the footsteps of the Bold Captain Mackey of the Fenian Brotherhood who in December 27th 1867 Captured and Sacked Monning Tower along the Train line between Fota island and Cobh.  It is recorded that Monning Tower is in fact the only Martello Tower to be attacked or see any action at all in Ireland.

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Cork Volunteers’ Pipe Band No. 2 in Series

“No.2 in Centenary Year Series of remembering our Band with pride”  By Jim Lane.



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Photos from Cork City Gaol

Below are some photos from what is also known locally as The Women’s Gaol

The castle like entrance to Cork City Gaol

The castle like entrance to Cork City Gaol

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Richard O’Meara , Interned by the Free State 1923

Following the end of the Irish Civil War Internment was used to break the remanants of the IRA, thousands were imprisoned  , and on the 9th of August 1923  Richard O’Meara from Cork found himself  ‘detained’ under Richard Mulchahy’s  ‘Public Safety (Emergency Powers) Act 1923′.

Unfortunetly not much is known at this time of Richard’s Activities in the Movement he may like his brother Bob, have been a member of the Cork Volunteers’ Pipe Band but we can’t confirm this.  Following his release he went to England, like many Republicans, unable to secure employment, he emigrated, sadly never to return.

Richard O'Meara

Richard O’Meara

Order by the Minster for defence whereas O’Meara Richard 18 Victoria St, Cork (hereinafter referred to as the prisoner) was at the date of the passing of the PUBLIC SAFETY (EMERGENCY POWERS) act 1923, detained in Military Custody”

A very rare item, the original

Richard O’Meara’s ‘Arrest Sheet’ under the Public Safety (Emergency Act ) 1923

Now I Risteard UA Maolchatha as executive minister within the meaning of said act do hearby order and direct that the prisoner be detained in custody under the said act until further order but not after the expiration of the said act”


Many thanks to the O’Meara Clann for this invaluable piece of local Republican History

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The Heroes of Fermoy and Castlelyons

Below the various monuments and plaques to The Kents , Michael Fitzgerald and James B. Maye.

The Thomas Kent Monument on the Bridge over the river Blackwater Fermoy

The  Kent Monument on the Bridge over the river Blackwater, Fermoy.

1916 To the memory of the Kent Family who nobly defended the Irish Republic against the English army of occupation at Bawnard House Castlelyons on the 2nd May(Easter Rising) 1916   Go dtuga dia suaimhneas síoraí dóibh  Erected by the Kent memorial committee USA  this memorial shall not be unveiled until Ireland is completely free”

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