F.O.I.R.A. presents, Who Shot Sergeant Kirwan?

Thursday 6th Oct 2022
  • Community
  • Independent Event

This forty-five-minute film is based on material taken from official witness statements and now held in the Military History Archives made by those who took part in these events and locals and family members who had knowledge about an event which took place in Ballyboghil a small rural agricultural village located in Fingal North County Dublin during the Irish War of Independence. This film tells the story of an event which took place in Ballyboghil in April 1921. It involved members of the local IRA company and a number of RIC men. All meet at O’Connor’s Public House and two of them lost their lives 

During spring 1921 talk of a truce between Britain and Ireland was in the air. Terrible months from the autumn of ’20 had left the people hurt and bruised yet determined to fight onto victory. Like in all such wars, life went on, an attack here an attack there and so it was on this spring April day. 

What happened has left lasting memories. This film shares that village story with you the wider audience. 

It was filmed and released in 2021. The project was driven by members of Fingal Old IRA Commemorative Society 1916-1921. They sought and got support from locals along with some relatives of those involved in 1921. 

This is a free event and will be proceeded by a small ceremony in the local graveyard and followed by Q&A. 

All welcome. Admission is free, but advance booking is essential as tickets are limited.