Kilcommon Ambush, 1920

The Landscapes of Revolution Project is delighted to have teamed up with Tipperary County Council to map the archaeological landscape of the Kilcommon Ambush in partnership with the local community. The attack occurred on 16 December 1920, when the IRA Active Service Unit of the No. 1 (North) Tipperary Brigade launched an attack on an RIC patrol that had just left their barracks at Kilcommon Cross. Although the ambush was initiated prematurely, the firefight that followed resulted in the deaths of four members of the RIC. In the aftermath, the homes of a number of local IRA volunteers were targeted for reprisal.

Tipperary County Council have commissioned the Landscapes of Revolution Project to examine and map the archaeological landscape of the Kilcommon Ambush as part of their Decade of Centenaries Programme. A key component of the work will be to involve the local community in the process, through a series of events including a project inception talk, a research workshop, and a concluding talk on the results. Across the summer of 2021 a series of updates will also be provided here on the Landscapes of Revolution website. You can check back on this page to keep track of those updates and the results, all of which will be made freely accessible online.

Kilcommon Blog Posts

New Release: Archaeological Maps of the 1920 Kilcommon Ambush

Kilcommon: Research Workshop & Memory Sharing Event

Press Release: Landscapes of Revolution Project Workshop & Memory Gathering Event

The Kilcommon Ambush: In Search of Safehouses & Reprisals

The Kilcommon Ambush Inception Talk, 21 July 2021

Kilcommon Ambush: An Interview with Tipp FM

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

Kilcommon Mapping

The Wider Ambush Landscape of the Kilcommon Ambush- Click on image to enlarge (Landscapes of Revolution/Abarta Heritage)
The Kilcommon Ambush Landscape Zone- Click on image to enlarge (Landscapes of Revolution/Abarta Heritage)

Kilcommon Ambush Online Talks

The Kilcommon Ambush took place in the 5th Battalion area of the No. 1 Brigade’s sphere of operations. The 5th Battalion boundary is shown on this map from the Military Service Pensions Collection in the mIlitary Archives, MA/MSPC/RO/188 (Military Archives)
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. It is being delivered by Abarta Heritage as part of the Landscapes of Revolution Project.

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