An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin visited a number of Republican sites around Tipperary yesterday, as part of his visit to the county. The Taoiseach’s appearance at the Seán Treacy Commemoration in Kilfeacle, organised by the Third Tipperary Old IRA Brigade Commemoration Committee in conjunction with Fianna Fáil T.D. Jackie Cahill, marked the centenary of the foundation of the official commemoration committee and the 101st anniversary of Treacy’s death on Talbot St in Dublin, where he was shot down by Crown forces.
The Taoiseach attended a mass in Kilfeacle, organised by the Third Tipperary Old IRA Brigade Commemoration Committee in honour of Brigade members and their families, before following the procession across the road to Seán Treacy’s graveside, where the Taoiseach delivered the oration, which was very well received by the large crowd in attendance.
The Taoiseach’s full speech can be accessed here: https://www.fiannafail.ie/speech-of-an-taoiseach-micheal-martin-td-101st-anniversary-commemoration-of-the-death-of-sean-treacy/
Following this, An Taoiseach met with representatives of the Tipperary Town Chamber of Commerce in the Porterhouse in Tipperary Town and then had lunch with the Third Tipperary Old IRA Brigade Commemoration Committee.
Deputy Jackie Cahill had then organised for An Taoiseach to visit Solohead. This was the first official visit by a serving Taoiseach to the village, and Martin and Cahill were met by a large crowd who had assembled locally.
The day finished with a private trip to the site of the original IRA ambush at Solohead beg, which sparked the War of Independence. An Taoiseach was accompanied by Deputy Cahill and family members of former IRA leader and Fianna Fáil T.D., the late Dan Breen.
Deputy Cahill expressed his gratitude to An Taoiseach for spending the day in Tipperary commemorating some those who dedicated their lives to, and made the ultimate sacrifice for, Irish freedom.