Nenagh 800 Lecture Series

‘Bloody Sunday; A Bitter Legacy or A Legacy of Bitterness’ Talk by John Flannery

The next Ormond Historical Society lecture takes place on Mon. 9th March (not 2nd as previously advertised) at 8.00 PM in the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh. The talk is presented in conjunction with the Tipperary GAA Bloody Sunday Commemoration Committee and as an OHS contribution to Nenagh 800.

‘Bloody Sunday; A Bitter Legacy or A Legacy of Bitterness’, will examine the events in Croke Park on the 21st November 1920 and how those events impacted on the GAA in the immediate aftermath and how they still resonate one hundred years later. This talk is the first in a series of events taking place over the coming months to commemorate the tragedy and which will culminate with a replay of the game in Croke Park on November 21st next.

The attack by a combined force of RIC, Auxiliaries and British army on those attending a football match between Dublin and Tipperary left fourteen people dead, including Michael Hogan – the Tipperary corner back. In excess of sixty people were wounded and many others were injured in the stampede which took place when the firing erupted. Attempts by the Authorities at the time, to blame members of the crowd for opening fire and to cover up the actions of the police failed and the event created press headlines worldwide.

The speaker, OHS member John Flannery, is also a member of the commemoration committee. A past-President of OHS, John is a regular contributor to Society lectures and has also delivered talks to historical societies throughout the country. He has also contributed to the popular TV programme Who do You Think You Are and to Ceol Cogadh na Saoirse on TG4. He holds an MA in History of Family from UL and is a member of Tipperary in the Decade of Revolution history group.

‘Haunted Memories: When Nenagh Used the Gallows’ Talk by Dr. Conor Reidy

Join Dr. Conor Reidy in Nenagh Library at 6.30pm on 25th. February for his talk on ‘Haunted Memories: Stories from the Gallows in Nineteenth-Century Nenagh’. (Part of the Nenagh 800 series of lectures). The town of Nenagh came late to the practice of public execution. In 1842 however, the opening of a new gaol allowed for the ultimate retribution against those deemed
to be the most evil of North Tipperary’s criminal reprobates. This lecture will revisit the scene of Nenagh’s public executions, exploring the alleged crimes of the condemned, along with the morbid fascination and revulsion of the people of the town. All welcome, booking not required.


Where did Nenagh’s street names come from? Why do some streets have more than one name? Join the Ormond Historical Society in association with Nenagh 800 for Donal Murphy’s talk on the street names of Nenagh at 8pm on 10th Feb in the Great National Abbey Court Hotel, 8pm.