Revolutionary Show & Tell Event

Thanks to everyone who came along to our Revolutionary Show & Tell evening in The Source, Thurles, last Tuesday. It was great to see so many people sharing stories and objects from Ireland’s revolutionary era! 

During the evening, we heard about a collection of .303 bullets found in the walls of a cow shed, saw a revolver from Holycross, held a RIC truncheon from Thurles and gazed upon letters and photographs from the 1920s.

You can see some of the fantastic objects the public kindly brought in below.

RIC truncheon from Thurles
Revolver found at the site of Holycross RIC barracks now housed in Cormackstown Heritage Centre
Image of IRA members, if anyone can identify the men
the owner of this photograph would be very pleased

If you missed the Revolutionary Show & Tell event but would like to record your own items for future generations to enjoy, we recommend photographing them and writing down their story before anything happens.

Our top tips for doing this include: 

  1. Photograph/video your object clearly from all angles, including top and bottom.
  2. Have a clear neutral background when taking the photograph, e.g. white wall and a clear table (no decorative tablecloth!).
  3. Put something beside the object for scale, e.g. a ruler or a €2 coin.
  4. Write down (preferably type) any stories or details connected to the object. Make sure to be overly descriptive and explain everything. Don’t assume future generations will know a nickname, a person’s face, where they live or how they are connected to you.
  5. Record the provenance; How did the item come into your possession? Who did you hear its story from? What resources did you use to find its story, e.g. books, websites etc.?
  6. Devices like computers and phones are easily lost or broken, so email the photographs/videos and written description to yourself so that they are always accessible from any device.

Remember, Tipperary Studies can always be of help when it comes to digitising historical records. To learn more, click here

We would like to thank The Source and Tipperary Studies for their help hosting the event and for kindly displaying the original 3rd brigade map, which was a real treat. It was so helpful to hear everyone’s thoughts and theories about the markings and what they might signify. 

The original map on display

Next month we hope to visit the Moyglass, Killenaule and Ballinunty areas which are marked on the map. If you have any information about the revolutionary history of these places or the markings in general, we would love to hear from you!

Contact us anytime by sending your emails to

The Tipperary Old IRA Map Project is funded as part of Tipperary County Council’s Decade of Centenaries Programme with support from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. This project is being delivered by Abarta Heritage as part of the Landscapes of Revolution Project.

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