The launch of a new souvenir booklet titled, Military Graves in Tipperary Town, took place at the Tipperary Excel recently.The booklet remembers those who are buried in Military Graves in Tipperary Town with particular emphasis on the years: 1913, 1914-18, 1916, 1919 and 1922-23.
This booklet was the brainchild of the Tipperary Excel Writers’ group under the tutelage of Patricia McHale.
The group members, along with facilitator Patricia McHale, visited St. Michael’s graveyard in late May with John Connors and friends from Borrisleigh. John led the walk and kindly shared information about those tumultuous times, referencing in particular Sean Hogan of Knocklong whose grave is in St. Michael’s.
“This visit was most interesting, and was subsequently reflected upon by the members of the writers’ group, who wrote short pieces about their visit for inclusion in the booklet,” explained Mary Alice O’Connor from the Excel and a member of the writer’s group.
The graveyard opened in 1914 and contains the grave of one of the two constables killed at Soloheadbeg and those of a number of men who took part in the War of Independence.
The Tipperary Excel Writers Group meets every two weeks in the Tipperary Excel Arts Centre.
The writer’s group wishes to acknowledge the wonderful help and support of Walter S. O’Shea for providing the Cemetery plans and information on the British Military graves in Tipperary Town, surveyed in 1994 and published in 1998.
This booklet serves as a souvenir of the commemorations funded during 2016; to this end we thank especially Tipperary, Cashel Municipal Authority for its grant aid and to Chairman Cllr. Roger Kennedy for launching the booklet.
Copies are free and can be obtained from Tipperary Excel Arts Centre