Fethard Historical Society will host a talk at 8pm on Thursday, October 10, in the ICA Hall, Fethard, when Tipperary author, John Connors, will give a talk on Seán Hogan, known colloquially as one of the ‘Tipperary Big 4’.
At the young age of eighteen Seán Hogan took part in the Soloheadbeg Ambush, now considered as the starting point of the War of Independence. He was later captured by British forces after having attended a dance in Clonoulty and then became the subject for the equally famous rescue mission in Knocklong, Co Limerick.
Sean Hogan, in order to escape detection, moved to Dublin and there became involved in the squad set up by Michael Collins, before he returned to play a leading role in the 3rd Tipperary brigade. He later took the republican side in the Civil War.
John Connors will outline the life of of Seán Hogan, who did not achieve the national status of his three contemporaries, Breen, Robinson and Treacy. John will highlight the less glamorous side of life for many of the veterans from the war of Independence; many suffered the after-effects of their military exploits and the harsh years on the run often had a detrimental effect on their physical and emotional health.
John Connors is the author of, ‘Seán Hogan – a troubled life’, which gives a warm, factual but unadorned portrayal of Seán Hogan. In his presentation, Mr Connors will show some of the photographs taken during that period of history by Jack Sharkey who was himself a volunteer and who lived in Gladstone Street, Clonmel. It was Mr Sharkey who took the now iconic photographs of Dan Breen’s wedding reception held a Loobys, Milltown More (Baile an Mhuilinn Mór), which is about three miles from Fethard.
On display on the same evening in the ICA hall will be ten banners from the Tipperary County Council Library Service, depicting much of their material from the recently launched booklet, ‘County Tipperary 1917-1921, a history in 80 documents’.
It promises to be a most interesting and informative night. Admission is €5 which includes tea and coffee served afterwards.