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Musical Legacy of the MacDonagh Family

The home of the MacDonagh family, with Joseph and Mary Louise and their six children, nurtured fine qualities and many talents. Perhaps the gift of music was the dominant legacy of their home life.
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Lahorna De Wets-Tipperary senior hurling champions 1902

Back(l-r) Jim Darcy (Bantiss), John O’Meara (Carrigenagh), Mick Kennedy (Killyloughnane), Michael Conway (Beechwood), Dan Ryan (Soolmoy), Rody Nolan (Cunnahurt), Paddy Behan (Ballinweir),
Middle (l-r) Mick McLoughney (Lahorna), Tom Ryan (Beechwood), Tim O’Connor (Carrigenagh), Paddy Williams (Cloughjordan), Tim Carr (Ballymackey), Con Brewer (Ballymackey), Martin Darcy (Kyle).
Front (l-r) Michael Gaynor (Secretary-Kilruane), James O’Meara (Moanfin), Tom Ryan (The Lough), Jack Dwan (Captain-Kilruane), George O’Leary (Chairman-Beechwood). Missing from the photo is Denis Whelan (Bantiss) who played in the 1902 county final.

Lahorna De Wets hurling club were the predecessors of Kilruane MacDonaghs club in the parish of Cloughjordan. They were founded in 1900 and named after Christiaan De Wet, a Boer War General who was very popular in Ireland for his military feats against the British in the 2nd Boer War (1899-1902). De Wets won the first ever North Tipperary final in 1901 and won it again in 1902,’03,’04,’06,’07,’08. In 1902 they also won the county final beating Carrick-on-Suir by 7-10 to 1-2.
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The first day of February

February begins with a celebration – Spring has arrived! The early Irish church dedicated the day to ‘Muire na nGael’, bestowing the honour of that feast on St Bridget. It was the day that the proverb advised ‘you could put away the candlestick and half the candle’ in anticipation of the lengthening
days.
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Centenary of Fatal Shooting of James Devanney

James Devanney

James Devanney an IRA Active Service Unit member was fatally wounded on January 26th 1921 near O’Meara’s pub in Kilruane. James from Pallas, Toomevara was one of four IRA volunteers drinking in O’Meara’s pub when they saw a Crossley tender with police (RIC and Black and Tans) approaching from the Cloughjordan direction. The police opened fire as three of the volunteers attempted to escape from the pub into a nearby field. Two of them Pat O’Brien (Silvermines) and Sean O’Leary (Nenagh) succeeded in escaping. James Devanney was wounded in the thigh and bled to death in a ditch a short distance from the pub. The fourth volunteer Patrick Whelahan (Toomevara) was unable to flee because of ill-health. He remained in the pub, donned a barman’s apron and went behind the counter to give the impression that he was working there. However, the police did not enter the pub and continued on their journey to Nenagh. Later on the police accompanied by the military returned to the scene of the shooting. They arrested three local men Con Spain, Jim Keogh and Pat Kelly who were working in their fields and knew nothing about the shooting. Con Spain and Jim Keogh were both IRA volunteers. The three were roughly interrogated and arrested and forced at gunpoint to carry the corpse of James Devanney to one of the police tenders. Con Spain and Jim Keogh were detained in custody for two weeks and Pat Kelly was released after two days.
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Cloughjordan Famine Victims

Depiction of the Irish potato famine

On the 15th January 1848 a child William Quirke aged 4 years died from starvation in a roadside hut at Bantiss, Cloughjordan. He was the youngest of six children. His mother Bridget, a widow, was paralysed on her right side from the effects of starvation
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Joe MacDonagh Remembered

Candles placed at the entrance to the 1916 Memorial Garden in Cloughjordan

This photo was taken on the evening of Christmas Day at the entrance to the 1916 Memorial Garden in Cloughjordan. Members of the Cloughjordan Heritage Group placed a candle in tribute to Joe MacDonagh,  youngest brother of Thomas,  on the anniversary of his death on Christmas Day 1922. 
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Hunger Striker, Joe MacDonagh TD, died on Christmas Day 1922

Photograph of Joe MacDonagh

Joe MacDonagh died on Christmas Day 1922 from the effects of a burst appendix that he suffered while on hunger strike in Mountjoy Jail. He was born in Cloughjordan in 1883 and was the younger brother of the executed 1916 Rising leader and signatory of the The 1916 Proclamation, Thomas MacDonagh.
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Joseph MacDonagh’s Irish Revolution by Gerard Shannon

Gerard Shannon will be giving a lecture tonight on Joesph MacDonagh, Thomas MacDonagh’s younger brother, who died on Christmas day, 1922.
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Museum Appeal

Following all Covid-19 protocols we were delighted to re-open and once again welcome visitors but within reduced opening hours.
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Photographs by Andy Whelan 2020

The following photographs can be bought at a special low price of €100
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