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Kinvara – 1916

Downtown Kinvara
Downtown Kinvara

Connacht Tribune 27th December, 1968 p3.

The first shot in Co. Galway in Easter Week of 1916 was fired in Kinvara. The authority for that statement is Padraic Uas O’Fathaigh of Tullira, Ardrahan, who was one of the officers of the Co. Galway Board of the Volunteers and a central figure in the events of that week.

Mr O’Fathaigh was in Kinvara at the time the first shot was fired and was involved in the incident that led up to it but he does not claim to know for certain to whom the distinction should go – to a Volunteer or to a policeman.

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