Sean Treacy


Comhaltas Ceolteori Eireann, CLASAC Cultural Centre,

61 Alfie Byrne Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3.

8.00 pm, 27 MAY 2014

Local historian Sean Hogan will present a lecture on the life and death of one of Tipperary’s most famous sons , Sean Treacy, after whom our branch of Comhaltas is named.

Sean Treacy from Kilfeacle was a leading Republican figure in the Irish War of Independence. He was killed by Crown Forces in a sensational gun battle in Abbey Street, Dublin on the afternoon of 14 October 1920 at a critical point in the struggle for independence.

Treacy was one of the key leaders in the development of the Irish Volunteers in South Tipp after the 1916 Rising. He is credited with being the main figure behind the opening incident of the War of Independence – the Solohedbeg ambush – on 21 January 1919. He featured in a number of other significant incidents, including the Knocklong Rescue and attacks on RIC barracks in Tipperary, before he came to Dublin. He was involved with Michael Collin’s squad in shooting “G”men – Dublin Castle’s political detectives – as well as the attack on Lord French at Ashtown.

The lecture will cover the circumstances leading up to his killing, including the raid at ‘Fernside’, Drumcondra from which both Treacy and Dan Breen escaped, the latter badly wounded. The consequences of his death will be considered, as well as including a look-back at his early life and activities in Tipperary. Some of the strong Tipperary connections, which facilitated Treacy’s period in Dublin before he was killed, will be covered.

The speaker, Sean Hogan, is a native of Puckane, near Nenagh. He has researched and lectured extensively on Tipperary in the 1913 – 1922 period. His book “The Black and Tans in North Tipperary, Policing, Revolution and War – North Tipperary 1913 -1922” is highly acclaimed by academics and general readers alike. It was awarded the ‘Tipperariana Book of the Year Award’ for 2013.

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