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Prayers For Local War Volunteers

by Jimmy Rhatigan

At a meeting of the Mullinavat War of Independence Plaque committee, chaired by Seán Maher, arrangements were made to hold a ceremony on November 6 in Saint Beacon’s Cemetery.

The gathering will recall the 1921 War of Independence that secured our independent status as a country. It will begin at 2pm.

Well known piper, Tony Wallace will lead the attendance from the car park to the  cemetery with the playing of A Nation Once Again.

An oration/talk will be given by Eoin Swithin Walsh, Clogga, writer, researcher and author. 

Eoin will talk about aspects of the War of Independence in County Kilkenny. 

He will refer in particular to the attacks on Mullinavat RIC Barracks and the shooting of local lad, James Hoban, who was killed on the street in Mullinavat in April 1921, an innocent civilian. 

Eoin is author of Kilkenny in Revolutionary Times 1900-1923, a best-selling publication.

Wreaths will be placed in memory of Cumann na mBan members (26 in the Mullinavat  area), Volunteers of E Company  Old IRA, (62 members prior to the truce) and  VI Battalion, Kilkenny. 

The Árd Comhairle has thanked Fr Liam Barron for his help and co-operation. 

It’s expected that some relatives of the 62 members of E company will attend and wear their family active service medals.

The event is financed from local  donations, A booklet marking the event will also be available, 

Teas  will be served afterwards in the parish church hall.

The street of Mullinavat, 1935. Last building on  left of  picture is  where James Hoban was shot, just out of picture on left also was the RIC  Barracks from which he was shot and  which some months afterwards there was an attack

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