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The Battle for Kilkenny Part 2


“Supported by the Department of Tourism,  Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.”

Author and Historian Eoin Swithin Walsh in this second podcast concludes the story of the struggle between the Irish Free State forces and Anti-Treaty forces for control of Kilkenny City in 1921.

In Part 2 of the Battle of Kilkenny podcast, find out what happened on Day 2 of the  battle. Could the Free State forces under Commandant Prout and George O'Dwyer, remove the Anti-Treaty IRA from Kilkenny Castle led by Dick Brennan and Dan O'Neill? What was the fate of the captured anti-Treaty prisoners after the battle. The Free State authorities also had other problems brewing outside the City, with Gowran Barracks taken over by anti-Treaty forces; the Free State post of Woodstock House was also attacked by the anti-Treaty; and there was also the small matter of nearly 500 anti-Treaty troops mustering in Callan and Cuffesgrange, led by Seamus Robinson. They were on their way to help those fighting in Kilkenny. For all intents and purposes, it looked like Civil War was about to escalate in Ireland, and Kilkenny was on the frontline.

Battle-of-KK-PART-2.mp3 (size 39 MB)

Kilkenny Castle under attack by Free State forces


Free State soldiers shake the hands of Anti-Treaty prisoners