Tribute to Two West Cork Men: Sean Hales and Dick Barrett

The next event by Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage is on Friday November 18th:
 

Tribute to Two West Cork Men: Sean Hales and Dick Barrett

by

Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage

on

Friday Nov 18 2022

at

8pm

in

Clonakilty GAA Hall, Ahamilla

Much has been written and recounted about the close friendship, comradery and respect that existed between these two remarkable men during the course of their short lives. However, it is the sad nature of their deaths, which occurred only one day apart, during the tragic Irish Civil War, which exercises the minds of historians and others as we approach the centenary of those terrible events.

Sean Hales and Dick Barrett, having fought side by side during the War of Independence, took opposite sides on the Treaty, Sean supporting it while Dick took the anti-Treaty side. On 7 December 1922, Sean Hales TD was shot dead in Dublin, possibly in a case of mistaken identity, by anti-Treaty IRA. In response, the Free State Government decided on the drastic action of executing prisoners, without charge or trial, as a reprisal for Sean’s horrific death. Dick who had been a prisoner in Mountjoy Jail since the fall of the Four Courts six months earlier, was one of four prisoners to be executed the following day.

This tribute will be narrated by Dúchas local historians Diarmuid Kingston and Michael O’Mahony in collaboration with actors from Kilmeen Drama Group.

Diary Date

With the Micheal Collins Centenary events recently concluded, Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage will hold another public talk on two other prominent West Corkmen from the tragic year of 1922 on 18th November at the local GAA Pavilion.
At the outset of the Decade of Centenaries, the local history and heritage group decided its mission was "To ensure that the complex period of our history particularly from 2021 to 2023 is remembered appropriately, respectfully and with sensitivity".
Following on the very well received lecture on Michael Collins recently by Gabriel Doherty of UCC, the sad and tragic deaths of Seán Hales and Dick Barrett will be remembered on 18th November - just three weeks before their centenary anniversaries.
Much has been written about how close both men were in life and how sad they were linked in death with pro-treaty Seán Hales, TD assassinated as he left the Dáil on 7th December 2022 and his former friend and comrade, Dick Barrett, an anti-treaty Republican incarcerated since the surrender of the Four Courts, was taken out and executed as a reprisal the following morning along with three fellow Republican prisoners.
On Friday evening 18th November, Sean Hales and Dick Barrett will be remembered in a special commemorative event, hosted and organised by Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage, at the Clonakilty GAA Complex.
Given the upcoming centenaries and the fact that both men were "locals", as well as the interest in this tragic period of Irish history, it’s an event likely to attract a large crowd.
Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage is announcing the date at this early stage so people can "save the date".

Further details will be publicised nearer the date and interested people are advised to keep an eye on the Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage Facebook page

 

Historic coastal village of Timoleague: Duchas Film documentary

For Heritage Week 2022, Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage has once again decided to do a film documentary.  As part of our celebrations, we will be visiting the historic coastal village of Timoleague which is situated at the mouth of the Airgideen river estuary on the cusp of Courtmacsherry Bay.  It is a picturesque place steeped in historical fact, along with myth and legend, and to take us back over the centuries our guides are Diarmuid Kingston and Michael O’Mahony.

We hope that the viewer will enjoy our visit to this historical coastal village and its hinterland with its spectacular scenery and rich folklore.  It is indeed a place of historical importance with its ancient abbeys and wonderful artistically endowed churches.  It is only by a visit that their beauty and uniqueness can be fully appreciated.

Click here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6s9pgGBst8

Membership 2022

Membership of Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage for 2022 is now due. Membership fees are as follows:

Individual: €10

Students: €5

Families: €25

and can be paid using any one of the following three options:-

(1) Internet banking.
Please transfer the appropriate fee from your bank account to :

Account Name: Duchas Clonakilty Heritage
IBAN:  IE82IPBS99071221393419
BIC: IPBSIE2D

Bank: Permanent TSB, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

N.B. Please include your FULL NAME with your payment so that it will appear on our bank statement.

Once transaction is complete, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information so that we can place you on our membership list:

Your Full Name: ________________________

Your Email address to which we will send information:__________________________

Mobile Phone Number (Irish mobile only):____________________________

(2) In person in your own bank
Use the following bank details:

Account Name: Duchas Clonakilty Heritage
IBAN:  IE82IPBS99071221393419
BIC: IPBSIE2D

Bank: Permanent TSB, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

N.B. Please include your FULL NAME with your payment so that it will appear on our bank statement.

Once transaction is complete, please email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information so that we can place you on our membership list:

Your Name: ________________________

Your Email address to which we will send information:__________________________

Mobile Phone Number (Irish mobile only):____________________________

(3) By Post
S
end your appropriate
membership fee (not cash) to:-

Fachtna McCarthy,
Cisteoir/Treasurer Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage,
"Cuas",
Tawnies Lower,
Clonakilty,
Co. Cork.

Cheques/postal orders to be made payable to Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage (euro currency only please).

Enclose

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Please Note: Your contact details will only be used by Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage to inform you of our events and other events that may be of interest to members. Your details will not be passed on to any other organisation or individual without your consent. Our privacy policy can be viewed on our website   HERE

Benefits of Membership

You will:-

(1) Receive emails and text messages about upcoming lectures (and any other events we may organise during the remainder of 2022)
(2) Have an opportunity to view our recorded monthly zoom lectures for a number of weeks after the "live" event.
(3) Have the right to attend and vote at our AGM
(4) Have the right to join our committee or any of our sub-committees, put forward proposals and ideas and vote if there are votes taken on any issue.
(5) Have the right to be co-opted onto any of the above if you wish
(6) Have the right to set up a relevant sub-committee
(7) Be covered by our insurance to attend historical walks and trips away (when these events return!)
and much more........

Third Dúchas Clonakilty historical journal now on sale

Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage's third volume of the popular “Clonakilty Historical and Archaeological Journal” is now available at local outlets costing €10. It contains 12 excellent articles examining different aspects of local history and built heritage, focusing on the seventeenth to twentieth centuries, as well as many interesting photos - some of which have not been published before.

There was an online launch by Dr. Danielle O’Donovan from Ardfield who is programme manager at Nano Nagle Place, before Christmas. Others speakers included Tim Feen, Cathaoirleach Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage; journal editor Clíodhna O’ Leary; Gill Boazman, asst. editor and Mayor of Clonakilty, Anthony McDermott who all complimented the publication, the high standards of the articles in it and the professionalism of the writing, research and editing. 
Clíodhna O' Leary, editor was praised by all for her professionalism throughout the project as well as her patience and courtesy to all article writers.
The journals are on sale at Coughlan's Bookshop, Rossa St., (who can arrange delivery by post); Kerr's Bookshop, Ashe St.; Paddy Meade Newsagent, Pearse St., White's Texaco and Daybreak, Convent Road and at the Michael Collins House, Emmet Square costing just €10.
Further details on Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage website and Facebook page.

 

Clonakilty Town Council A History

We are delighted to announce that the Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage published book, ‘Clonakilty Town Council a History 1613 – 2014’, is now available.

This project was organised by a sub-group of Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage who engaged the services of Dr Matthew Potter, an authority on local government in Ireland, who was joined by Dúchas members Tomás Tuipéar and Michael O’Mahony, to write this comprehensive history. In the words of our Cathaoirleach Tim Feen, ‘this is a veritable history of Clonakilty’.

The limited edition of 200 illustrated books, containing previously unpublished documents and research specific to Clonakilty, are available at :

COUGHLAN’S, Rossa Street, KERR’S, Ashe Street and PADDY MEADE’S, Pearse Street, at € 25.