Lecture to remember anti-treaty volunteers Murphy and Phelan

Kilkenny film maker and director Kevin Hughes directs a final scene in his film ‘Dear Mother’ Photos of ‘Dear Mother’ by kind permission of Wallslough Studios

Photos of ‘Dear Mother’ by kind permission of Wallslough Studio.

A lecture is taking place on Sunday December 11th in the Home Rule Club which will revisit events that took place in Kilkenny Army Barracks a hundred years ago involving Captain Frederick Lidwell, a native of Dublin, and John Phelan and John Murphy two anti-treaty volunteers from the 5th Battalion Kilkenny Brigade who were executed on the 29th of December.

Following the lecture, which will be delivered by Commandant (retired) Larry Scallan, the recently released film ‘Dear Mother’ by Kevin Hughes will be shown.

Larry has a keen interest in our local military history and heritage and he also assists groups of people who went to France & Flanders since 2011.

He has given walking tours (Kilkenny Military Heritage Tours) in Kilkenny city during heritage week and also provides bespoke tours of Kilkenny City to schools on request.

Further to the recent successful lecture on the inscription on the Kilkenny World War One headstones, Larry offered to hold another lecture on behalf of the Kilkenny Historical Re-enactment Group,

John Joe Cullen (re-enactment group) decided to raise money for Kilkenny Helping The Homeless, and so proceeds from the night will go to this worthy cause.

The need for help with food and clothing is now much more important with the rising energy costs. The Kilkenny Historical Re-enactment Group are a group that re-enact different periods of Irish related history to inform, educate, and remember Kilkenny men and women who were involved in conflicts near and far off lands. They have been involved in many parades, memorial events, film and stage productions.

Admission to the lecture is five euros.


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