Battle of Tallaght 150

South Dublin County Council Libraries is delighted to present events in commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Fenian Rising and the Battle of Tallaght, which occurs on 5th March 2017.

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Contemporary print depicting the Battle of Tallaght, which was printed in the London Illustrated News

As part of the Dublin Fenian uprising in March 1867, several thousand members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood made their way to gather on Tallaght Hill, ready for rebellion. Their tactic was to draw the military out of Dublin while a separate rising took place in the city. A small contingent engaged in battle at the police station in Tallaght village. The RIC Sub-Inspector at Tallaght was watching the exodus of men from the city, and sent 14 armed officers out to the crossroads of the Main Road and Greenhills Road, where a battle with about 40 Fenians ensued. The ‘Battle of Tallaght’ was really just a skirmish in the village, but Tallaght was to be the site of the main battle of the Fenian uprising. However, the city centre was heavily fortified and the expected rising there didn’t happen. The large gathering of up to eight thousand men on Tallaght Hill was left leaderless, and eventually dispersed. The hoped for rising petered out.

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Tallaght RIC Station, site of the Battle of Tallaght

Local historian Seán Bagnall will give a lecture on ‘The Battle of Tallaght’ on Thursday 2nd March at 7:00 pm at the County Library, Tallaght. All welcome, book your place here.

An exhibition on the Battle of Tallaght can be viewed at the County Library, Tallaght from 2nd March to 31st March during library opening hours.

5th and 6th class students from local Tallaght schools will be invited to visit the library for a presentation and a tour of the exhibition.

For further information, please contact Síle Coleman or Michael Keyes at the County Library, Tallaght on 01 4620073 or localstudies@sdublincoco.ie

Tallaght Historical Society Lecture Series 2012

Thursday, 12th January 2012

Tallaght Through the Ages

Tomás Maher

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 Thursday 9th February 2012

The History of Glencree and the Reformatory

Frank Tracy

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 Thursday 8th March 2012

Alice Furlong, Tallaght Poetess

Eamonn Maloney, T.D.

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 Thursday, 12th April 2012

The History of Tallaght Aerodrome

Michael Whelan

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Thursday 10th May 2012

The History of the Dublin & Blessington Steam Tram

Aidan Cruise

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 Thursday 14th June 2012

The Battle of Tallaght

Seán Bagnall

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All lectures take place at the County Library, Tallaght, commencing at 7:00 p.m.

All Welcome!

Tallaght Historical Society Chairperson:  Anne Hanrahan—contact 2441463 or 0876315773