Caring For Our Book Collection

We are pleased to announce that the Heritage Council has awarded a grant to the Thomas MacDonagh Museum supporting the care and display of the museum’s book collection. The museum holds a number of rare books, many donated by the MacDonagh family, along with others received from kind benefactors. Part of this collection can be […]

Anniversary of the death of Muriel MacDonagh

It was on 9th July 1917 that Muriel, widow of Thomas MacDonagh died tragically in a drowning accident at Skerries, Co. Dublin. In the time since the execution of her husband she had bravely maintained family life with their two children Donagh, (aged four) and Barbara (aged two). It had been a traumatic time with […]

Cloughjordan Honours Thomas MacDonagh 2021

Presented by Cloughjordan Heritage Group All events presented free online 1st and 2nd May and 3rd June. May 1st – Saturday at 8 pm Michael Collins: The Man and the Revolution A presentation by Anne Dolan and Will Murphy The talk will consider the making and remaking of Michael Collins. Examining Collins’s early life, the […]

Musical Legacy of the MacDonagh Family

The home of the MacDonagh family, with Joseph and Mary Louise and their six children, nurtured fine qualities and many talents. Perhaps the gift of music was the dominant legacy of their home life. Thomas was a fine singer, who was ready to contribute songs in Irish, English and French in the company of friends. […]

Lahorna De Wets-Tipperary senior hurling champions 1902

Lahorna De Wets hurling club were the predecessors of Kilruane MacDonaghs club in the parish of Cloughjordan. They were founded in 1900 and named after Christiaan De Wet, a Boer War General who was very popular in Ireland for his military feats against the British in the 2nd Boer War (1899-1902). De Wets won the […]

The first day of February

February begins with a celebration – Spring has arrived! The early Irish church dedicated the day to ‘Muire na nGael’, bestowing the honour of that feast on St Bridget. It was the day that the proverb advised ‘you could put away the candlestick and half the candle’ in anticipation of the lengtheningdays. In 1878 for […]

Centenary of Fatal Shooting of James Devanney

James Devanney an IRA Active Service Unit member was fatally wounded on January 26th 1921 near O’Meara’s pub in Kilruane. James from Pallas, Toomevara was one of four IRA volunteers drinking in O’Meara’s pub when they saw a Crossley tender with police (RIC and Black and Tans) approaching from the Cloughjordan direction. The police opened […]

Cloughjordan Famine Victims

On the 15th January 1848 a child William Quirke aged 4 years died from starvation in a roadside hut at Bantiss, Cloughjordan. He was the youngest of six children. His mother Bridget, a widow, was paralysed on her right side from the effects of starvation An inquest into his death was held in the hut […]

Joe MacDonagh Remembered

This photo was taken on the evening of Christmas Day at the entrance to the 1916 Memorial Garden in Cloughjordan. Members of the Cloughjordan Heritage Group placed a candle in tribute to Joe MacDonagh,  youngest brother of Thomas,  on the anniversary of his death on Christmas Day 1922.  Critically ill on December 22nd, during the […]

Hunger Striker, Joe MacDonagh TD, died on Christmas Day 1922

Joe MacDonagh died on Christmas Day 1922 from the effects of a burst appendix that he suffered while on hunger strike in Mountjoy Jail. He was born in Cloughjordan in 1883 and was the younger brother of the executed 1916 Rising leader and signatory of the The 1916 Proclamation, Thomas MacDonagh. Joe was the Sinn […]