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Revolutionary War

Thursday 30 June 2022, 8pm

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Revolutionary War is the final in our three-part series of online talks on Laois and Ireland in revolution. Join Terry Dunne, Laois Historian-in-Residence, in conversation with local historian Michael Rafter about the course of the Civil War in Laois.

Michael Rafter is the author of the ground-breaking local study The quiet county: towards a history of the Laois Brigade I.R.A. and revolutionary activity in the county, 1913‒ 1923’. The book, first published in 2005, with a new edition in 2016, tells the fascinating story of the military and political activities in County Laois during the troubled 1913-1923 period.

The talk takes place on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the first shots being fired in the Civil War in Laois. The event took place on the Durrow Road outside Abbeyleix (1st July 1922) and was part of the preliminaries of the Battle of Abbeyleix (5th July 1922). Cadet James Kealy of the National Army and a native of Ballickmoyler died in this clash.