By John J Hassett
The close friendship Dan Breen and Sean Treacy had with Michael Collin during the War of Independence was linked to their membership of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and the role that organisation played in supporting the men of Soloheadbeg in the aftermath of the ambush that started the War of Independence 93 years ago this Saturday January 21st 2012. The firm support Collins gave to the men of Soloheadbeg contrasted to Richard Mulcahy who wanted them to leave the country, and was an example of how far Dail Eireann was removed from the activities that forced England to negotiate a military Truce.
The mystery that surrounded Soloheadbeg being the pivotal centre for spear heading the War of Independence will remain as such now and most likely for ever. The IRB tradition of secretive silence in West Tipperary is embedded in the people who still uphold the Fenian faith, and respect the national interest and who are proud of native place and country. Next Sunday the Sean Treacy Pipers Band of Moycarkey Borris will head the parade from Coffey’s forge to the ambush site at 2 30 pm. The occasion brings people across the political divide in an ecumenical fashion that is rare and special. The occasion is above politics and is a cultural as well as a commemorative occasion to remember all who served the cause of Ireland.