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Lecture on the Battle of Clonmult in Mitchelstown

The Mitchelstown Heritage Society will next Tuesday evening host an illustrated lecture on the infamous Battle of Clonmult, which saw the greatest loss of IRA volunteers to Crown Forces in a single engagement during the War of Independence.

The lecture, which will take place in the local Town Hall at 8pm, will be delivered by historian Tom O'Neill whose recently published book 'The Battle of Clonmult' is considered to be the definitive work on one of the most pivotal engagements of the war. 

The battle, which took place on February 21, 1921 saw most of East cork flying column wiped out having been surprised by a British Army patrol reinforced by auxiliary police. 

In all, 12 members of the column were killed - seven by the auxiliaries after they had surrendered - with tow of the eight captured subsequently executed. 

In addition to presenting his research, Mr O'Neill will have a number of artefacts from the War of Independence on display at the lecture and copies of his book for sale. 

Admission to what promises to be a fascinating insight into one of the most turbulent periods in modern Irish history will be €5 for society members and €7 for non-members.