From Drangan to Kelly country
The village of Drangan sits just north of Slievenamon Mountain.
In 2000 over a pint, at the pub across the road from the cemetery,
the local publican told how as a child she'd heard of the killing
of Patrick Boland's daughter, Bridget Cleary.
nuns made us feel it was something to be ashamed of,' she'd confided.
Looking north along the main street in Drangan. The
cemetery is just beyond the monument.
Some of the names associated with the dark events that took place
up the road at Ballyvadlea in March 1895 can be found in the graveyard
opposite the pub.
Bolands are there, nestled in the damp earth only two hundred metres
from where Michael Cleary, accompanied by the limping 'medicine
man' John Dunne told the local priest his wife had gone missing.........
east is Mullinahone, where the Fenian, David Power Conyngham
welcomed home the local battalion of the Papal Brigade, after it
had valiantly served that scoundrel, Pope Pius the 9th, in the Garibaldian
Throughout Tipperary and Limerick there remain fragments of beguiling
memory about Garibaldi. Seventy-seven-year old, Nelius Fitzpatrick
remembers the priest in Kilfinnane -where the Clearys, Danaghers
and Dalys joined up in 1860- declaring that the funeral costs of
a member of the Corbett family would be donated by the church 'on
account of past services to the Pope'.
To the west of Mullinahone is the village of Moyglass. Among
those buried in the cemetery opposite the pub are Comdt. Sean Walshe
and his brothers Maurice and Denis of the Third Tipperary Brigade.
The date, 1916-23, is a telling reminder that the Walshe boys didn't
join Michael Collins and the Free Staters. Such was Eamon
de Valera's ascendancy in the 1930s there's hardly a memorial anywhere
commemorating those who accepted the Treaty and went Free State
The village of Moyglass. In the foreground is the
John 'Red' Kelly might well have been buried in Moyglass if he
hadn't nabbed James Cooney's two pigs during a 4.00am raid on 7
December 1840. One wonders what his boy Ned might have done
if the old man hadn't taken off from this field in search of Cooney's
The field in Moyglass where Red Kelly's hut had been.
The road that Red Kelly walked.