The Borrisoleigh Historical Society will host a lecture on the life and times of Sean Hogan on Tuesday, December 2nd in the Borrisoleigh Community Centre.
Local man, John Connors of Rathmoy, will make the presentation - John has researched extensively on the life of Tipperary man, Sean Hogan, who was rescued in May 1919 from the train at Knocklong by his more famous IRA comrades Sean Treacy and Dan Breen. Although not yet eighteen years of age, Hogan was one of the most wanted men in the British Empire after the Soloheadbeg attack on January 21st 1919 in which two RIC men were killed. The daring and deadly rescue (two of the RIC escort were shot dead there also) had its origins adjacent to Borrisoleigh parish, as Hogan had been captured at Meagher’s of Annfield by RIC Sergeant Peter Wallace from Roskeen in an early Monday morning raid.
While many may be aware of this famous and significant event, few will know about the life of the young man who entered the history books from the Soloheadbeg and Knocklong episodes. As well as bringing us a reprise of these more famous events, John Connors will fill the gap about the further periods of Hogan’s early life and his active IRA service in both Dublin and Tipperary, as well as what became of him after the troubled times. The lecture will be introduced by Puckane historian Sean Hogan who is the celebrated author of the highly-acclaimed ‘The Black and Tans in North Tipperary - Policing, Revolution and War – 1913 -1922’.