1848 – A gunfight takes place between Young Ireland Rebels and police at Widow McCormack’s house in Ballingarry, Co Tipperary

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

The Young Irelander Rebellion was a failed Irish nationalist uprising led by the Young Ireland movement, part of the wider Revolutions of 1848 that affected most of Europe. It took place on 29 July 1848 in the village of Ballingarry, South Tipperary. After being chased by a force of Young Irelanders and their supporters, an Irish Constabulary unit raided a house and took those inside as hostages. A several-hour gunfight followed, but the rebels fled after a large group of police reinforcements arrived.

It is sometimes called the Famine Rebellion (since it took place during the Great Irish Hunger) or the Battle of Ballingarry.

As with the earlier United Irishmen, who sought to emulate the French Revolution, the Young Irelanders were inspired by Republicanism on the continent. 1848 was a year of revolutions throughout continental Europe.

Ireland was also still reeling from the impact of the Great Hunger. The British…

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2 comments on “1848 – A gunfight takes place between Young Ireland Rebels and police at Widow McCormack’s house in Ballingarry, Co Tipperary

  1. Greg Long says:

    Thanks for this post. In pre-internet days i used to work with a McCormack who told me the tale of something that happened to his ancestors and now here I am seeing the very same tale! Not only have you educated me, you have brought back memories of a dear old work colleague. Thanks ☺

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