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Wednesday 20 February 2019

New book on a local Land War legend

THE latest offering from the Aubane Historical Society is "The Bard" written by Barry Keane who pens the publication on his great grandfather Seán Riobaird O Súilleabháin.

The renowned legendary figure John Robert O Sullivan made Millstreet famous during the Land War.

His fight with the landlords and land agents led to intense repression in Millstreet between 1881 and 1891.

At one stage, Millstreet had more than 80 armed police to enforce the law. This book tells the story of his life, the main events of the Land War at that time and his eventual conviction in 1891 at a show trial in Nenagh before 'a hanging orange judge with a packed jury'.

He received 24 years hard labour leaving a wife and six young children behind. This is also the story of their struggle to survive in the face of impossible odds.

"The Bard" will be launced in Millstreet Library on Saturday, August 18 at 8pm.

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