Kilbrittain Historical Society's first outdoor event of the year takes place Thursday 9th June. This outing is 'Michael Collins - the final sad last journey from Béal na Bláth towards Cork.' Members are going on a guided historical bus tour given by local historian Tim Crowley of the Michael Collins Centre. Tim will be guiding us through the parts of West Cork that the remains of General Michael Collins were transported through on their way to Cork city before leaving to his place of burial in Dublin. Members interested in going are asked to meet at Kilbrittain Hall where the bus leaves at 7 pm sharp. The journey will also cover other interesting points of history that will be passed along the route, in places such as Newcestown, Ballygroman, and Crossbarry, etc. before returning to Kilbrittain. The bus journey will be approximately 2 to 2
Remembering the killing of Ex RIC man Timothy O' Leary near Kilbrittain 100 years ago today, by JJ Hurley. The discovery of the remains of former RIC Constable Tim O' Leary on Sunday, May 21st 1922, near his home at Coolmain, added to the terrible grief of another Irish family caught on the wrong side of Irish history. O' Leary was born in December 1892 to a recently widowed mother, Johanna O' Leary, whose husband, Jeremiah, had died the previous May as a result of a bowel obstruction. Coupled with two older children, Hanorah and Jeremiah, their mother seems to have overcome their difficult financial circumstances, with the 1901 and 1911 census recording her profession as a domestic servant. Johanna's siblings also seem to have offered support, as sister Julia is recorded as living with the family in 1901, also employed as a domestic servant.
Due to the recent parish bereavement of Hannah O'Neill, Maryboro, RIP, as a mark of respect the society outing to the Old Head of Kinsale Signal Tower this Friday evening, 13th May, has now been postponed until further notice. Members will be contacted when a new date is arranged. Sincere condolences. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.
Kilbrittain Historical Society's first outdoor event of the year takes place this Friday 13th May at the Signal Tower in the Old Head of Kinsale. Members are going on a guided historical walking tour given by local historians, Jerome Lordan and Padraig Begley. Jerome & Padraig will discuss the history/origins of the tower, the old head area itself and its coastline, and the sinking of the Lusitania – a pivotal historical moment that contributed indirectly to the United States entering WW1 – the British ocean liner, owned by the Cunard Line, was first launched in 1906. Built for the transatlantic passenger trade, it was luxurious and noted for its speed. It left New York City on the 1st May 1915 and six days later was sunk by a lone German U-20 submarine torpedo about 11 miles off the Old Head on the 7th May 1915.
Thanks to everyone who joined the online zoom presentation on ‘Michael O’Neill – The Fateful Path to Ballygroman’ last week. The very positive chat feedback to the in-depth presentation as well as the previous talks reflects the consistently high standard of our guest speakers so far. Thanks again to the meticulous effort of our guest speaker, Chairperson, Denis O’Brien for his broad, balanced knowledge of the subject with many colourful and insightful photographs & maps spread throughout the informative talk.
For those who missed out on this and other presentations, the lecture presentation series are now available to members on the Society website, www.kilbrittainhistoricalsociety.com for re-viewing at any time.
Kilbrittain Historical Society is hosting a live Zoom meeting tomorrow night 3rd May at 8.00 pm. The subject of the presentation is: 'Michael O’Neill: The Fateful Path to Ballygroman'. This talk will be given by Society Chairperson Denis O’Brien. The talk will take in O’Neill’s involvement in the War of Independence years and the events surrounding his death and aftermath. Existing members will have automatically received the meeting link by this past weekend and anyone else who would like to request a link can text their email address to Triona at 0876689116. The talk will be hosted by committee member Sean O’Connor. There will be a short discussion forum afterward. New members are always welcome.
Last Friday night 29th April, an Anniversary Mass was said for the soul of Vice-Commandant Michael O’Neill who was killed 100 years ago last week. Mass was said by Monsignor O’Driscoll PP VG, a native of Kilbrittain and grand-nephew of Michael O’Neill. Afterward outside at the adjacent Republican Plot, a large gathering listened as Diarmuid Dineen, member of Kilbrittain Historical Society and also a relative of Michael O'Neill gave a detailed oration and summarised the young Volunteer’s life and death. This was followed by a laying of the wreath at Michael’s graveside by his niece, Mrs. Hanora O’Neill, Butlerstown. Earlier that morning Bishop Colton, Church of Ireland Cork, Cloyne & Ross, laid a wreath at Michael’s graveside as a sign of peace & reconciliation. This gesture and the plot at Kilbrittain were featured on RTE News over the weekend. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a
An anniversary Mass will be celebrated in Kilbrittain Church next Friday, 29th April at 7pm offered for the soul of Vice-Commandant Michael O’Neill of Maryboro. Chief Celebrant will be Monsignor Aidan O’Driscoll PP VG. 100 years ago Vice-Commandant Michael O’Neill, aged 25 years, was fatally shot while conducting official IRA duty at Ballygroman House near Ovens on 26th April 1922. He was a member of Kilbrittain Volunteers “B1” Company, 1st Battalion, Cork Third Brigade, I.R.A, and the West Cork Flying Column. Michael O’Neill grew up in a family of eight children in Maryboro near Timoleague in Co. Cork. Several of O’Neill’s brothers and his two sisters would eventually become active in the Republican movement. O’Neill was involved in the successful ambushes at Rathclarin and Newcestown and participated in the raid on Timoleague R.I.C. Barracks and the successful attacks on Howe Strand Coastguard Station. O’Neill acted