Press Release: Landscapes of Revolution Archaeology Project Exploring the Site of Tipperary’s Kilcommon Ambush

The Kilcommon Ambush of 16 December 1920 was one of the most significant carried out by the No. 1 (North) Tipperary IRA Brigade Flying Column during the War of Independence. Tipperary County Council have appointed the archaeologists of the Landscapes of Revolution Project from Abarta Heritage to work with local historians and the local community to examine and map the site over the summer of 2021 as part of their Decade of Centenaries Programme. The programme is funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

The Landscapes of Revolution Project uses methodologies devised and developed over the past decade to engage communities with their local 1916-23 archaeology. These techniques have proved highly successful in identifying, highlighting and mapping revolutionary-era archaeology, one of Ireland’s least understood archaeological resources. The Project’s past initiatives have included work to identify and map IRA Company landscapes and major ambush and battlefield landscapes from the period. 

Over the coming weeks the project team will be holding a number of talks, research workshops and on-site analyses as they work towards the production of an ambush landscape map. Regular project updates and the final results will also be made available online. The project begins with a project inception talk, which will be held virtually at 7pm on Wednesday 21 July. You can register for the talk via eventbrite by clicking here or by emailing us at

You can explore the Project website at and keep up to date with Kilcommon updates at

The Kilcommon Mapping Project is funded as part of Tipperary’s Decade of Centenaries Programme financed by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media

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