New Maps of Midleton’s Main Street Ambush & Revolutionary Landscapes

Demonstrating how surviving elements of Ireland’s landscapes of revolution can be identified is the central aim of this project. There has never been a nationwide effort to undertake this work, which is vital if we are to appropriately manage our Revolutionary-era heritage. Following on from projects such as the one undertaken at Knockraha, we began…

Resources: A Brief Guide to Researching the Archaeology of Ireland’s Threatened Landscapes of Revolution

For many years I have worked to highlight both our lack of knowledge and the lack of protection for archaeological landscapes that date to our recent past, particularly those from the Revolutionary Period and First World War. Unfortunately, as yet no major initiatives have been undertaken in the Republic of Ireland to address these major…

Uncovering Midleton’s Main Street Buildings Burned in the War of Independence’s First Official Reprisal

One of the major aims of this project is to identify surviving sites that played a role in the War of Independence. Michael Fletcher, the Middle Tennessee State University PhD student who has been working on the project over recent months, has been attempting to confirm the locations of the buildings burned on Midleton’s Main…

Project Update- And Appeal!

We have recently been trying to fill out the narrative of the Midleton ambush that took place on December 29, 1920. Valuable contributions from members of the community have helped to verify several locations associated with the ambush and consequent reprisals that took place on January 1, 1921. These include the sawmill, located on Free…

Picturing Midleton’s War of Independence

The Landscapes of Revolution team were delighted recently to take delivery of a large number of historic Midleton photographs. The photographs were graciously loaned by local resident John Fenton. Many of the pictures were collected by John’s uncle, noted bandleader and local historian, the late Dick Cashman, and they include Cashman’s valuable annotations concerning Midleton’s…

Landscapes of Revolution Project Workshop

As the project gathers steam we have set a date for our first workshop, to take place in Midleton Public Library at 2pm on Saturday 17th December. The workshop will last in the region of 1-2 hours, and aims to show volunteers how to utilise online resources to uncover information about sites associated with the…

The Pilot Study: An Introduction to the 4th Battalion, Cork No. 1 Brigade Area

Our initial pilot study area will focus on the revolutionary landscape of the 4th Battalion, Cork No. 1 Brigade area during the War of Independence. This area roughly correlates geographically with East Co. Cork. We hope to identify, assess, record and map those sites, buildings and locations which played a role in the conflict in…