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Talk on shooting of Tom Reddington 100 years ago to be held tomorrow

Oct 5, 2022 17:10 By Shannonside News
Talk on shooting of Tom Reddington 100 years ago to be held tomorrow Talk on shooting of Tom Reddington 100 years ago to be held tomorrow
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The centenary takes place on the 9th of October.

A stand-out event of the Civil War in Longford will be the subject of a special talk tomorrow evening in Teallach Iosa at the rear of St Mel's Cathedral in the county town.

The 100th anniversary of the shooting dead of Tom Reddington near Carriglass Manor in 1922 takes place on the 9th of October this year.

The Galway native was the Officer Commanding the Longford Brigade of the IRA during the War of Independence.

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He was shot dead accidentally by one of his own men near Carriglass.

Local historian Sean O' Suilleabhain describes him as the 'forgotten leader' of the War of Independence and Civil War in Longford.

He will be giving the talk about Tom Reddington tomorrow night at 8 o' clock in Teallach Iosa and says his death was a huge event in Longford during that time.

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"It was a very big occasion in Longford, there were bands, the town was closed for a number of hours. There was even a special train laid on from Longford that went to Mullingar, and then from Mullingar via Athlone to Galway. So it was a very big event, it was very well covered, and it was akin to Michael Collins on a national level".

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