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22/10/2021

‘Old Ireland in Colour 2’ features portrait of Granard's Kitty Kiernan

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Catherine ‘Kitty’ Kiernan (1893–1945) ; 1922, Granard: A portrait of Kitty Kiernan, who was engaged to Michael Collins when he was shot dead in August 1922

This month sees the publication of ‘Old Ireland in Colour 2’ - which like its best selling predecessor features amazing historical images painstakingly colourised and restored, accompanied by an informative and accessible short commentary.

‘Old Ireland in Colour 2’ features a portrait photo of Kitty Kiernan, who was engaged to Michael Collins when he was shot dead in August 1922.

In 2020, ‘Old Ireland in Colour 1’ became the Irish publishing phenomenon of the year, winning the An Post Irish Book Award for Best Irish-Published Book and proving to be the most valuable single title in the Irish market. The book featured in every national newspaper, on The Late Late Show, on Ryan Tubridy’s radio show – it even made the homepage of CNN.

In their eagerly anticipated sequel, John Breslin and Sarah-Anne Buckley have delved even deeper into Ireland’s historical archives to uncover captivating photographic gems to bring to life using their unique blend of cutting-edge technology, historical research and expert colourisation.

Old Ireland in Colour 2 further celebrates the rich history of Ireland and the Irish people, from all walks of life, with all thirty-two counties represented across the full-colour title. The book is divided into six sections under the broad headings of Politics and Revolution, Children and School, Working Life, Sport and Leisure, Ireland and the World, and Urban and Rural Scenes.

With over 150 superb images, once again accompanied by insightful captions, the book is the perfect portrait of life in Ireland throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From the chaos of the revolutionary period to the simple beauty of the islands, from the iconic to the domestic, there is something new and inspiring to be gleaned from every single page.

Rain fails to dampen spirits as centenary of Clonfin Ambush commemorated

Longford County Council, in partnership with the Clonfin Commemoration Committee marked the centenary of the ambush at Clonfin at the weekend, with two memorable events at the site between Ballinalee and Granard.

War of Independence: Death of Lieutenant John Scally, Gallagh in 1921

One hundred years ago, the War of Independence had reached an upsurge in activity with no end in sight. Ambushes, assassinations and reprisal killings were common events as the IRA and British forces were locked in a guerrilla war.

Clonfin Ambush: North Longford Flying Column’s finest hour as the elite British forces surrender to Seán Mac Eoin

Seán Ó Súilleabháin, renowned local author and historian, has been researching Longford’s part in the War of Independence for the past four years, for a book which he hopes to publish later this year. 2020 & 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of some key events in the War of Independence. Indeed, 1920 and 1921 were momentous years in Longford’s history and the deeds of Seán Mac Eoin and his Flying Column were legendary. We are delighted that Seán Ó Súilleabháin is sharing some of his research with Longford Leader readers as he looks back on that era, and this week he looks at the Clonfin Ambush of February 2, 1921, when the elite British forces surrendered to Seán Mac Eoin. The author would welcome any feedback or comments at sosuilleabhain9@gmail.com

The Burning of Granard by the Tans and Lancers and legendary defence of Ballinalee by the IRA

Seán Ó Súilleabháin, renowned local author and historian, has been researching Longford’s part in the War of Independence for the past four years, for a book which he hopes to publish next year. This year marks the 100th anniversary of some key events in the War of Independence. Indeed, 1920 and 1921 were momentous years in Longford’s history and the deeds of Seán Mac Eoin and his Flying Column were legendary. We are delighted that Seán Ó Súilleabháin is sharing some of his research with Longford Leader readers as he looks back on that era, and this week he looks at some of the fiercest engagements, The Burning of Granard by the Tans and Lancers, and legendary defence of Ballinalee by the IRA. The author would welcome any feedback or comments at sosuilleabhain9@gmail.com

A significant step in the War of Independence when RIC surrendered Ballymahon Barracks to the IRA

Wednesday next, August 19, 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the first major War of Independence engagement to take place in South Longford.

 

Ballinamuck RIC Barracks attack – one of the most daring operations during the War of Independence

Seán Ó Súilleabháin, renowned local author and historian, has been researching Longford’s part in the War of Independence for the past four years, for a book which he hopes to publish next year. This year marks the 100th anniversary of some key events in the War of Independence. Indeed, 1920 and 1921 were momentous years in Longford’s history and the deeds of Seán Mac Eoin and his Flying Column were legendary. We are delighted that Seán Ó Súilleabháin will share some of his research with Longford Leader readers over the next number of months as he looks back on that era, beginning this week with the attack on Ballinamuck RIC Barracks which took place on June 19, 1920

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