On June 17th 1917 Willie Redmond, the Member of Parliament for East Clare, was killed during the Battle of Ypres, and a contested election (the first in fifteen years) took place in the following month. The candidates were Patrick Lynch K.C., a native of Ennis (Home Rule Party) and Eamon De Valera (Sinn Fein), the Irish Volunteer Commandant at Boland’s Mills during the 1916 Rising who had recently been released from an English Jail. The election campaign and its result became pivotal in the emergence of Sinn Fein as a National party, and is equally significant as the 1828 by- election, won by Daniel O’Connell.
Kieran Sheedy: Held a number of posts in RTE, including Head of Documentaries, before concentrating on writing. His historical works include: Upon the Mercy of the Government, The Tellicherry Five, Peerless Tom Malone, The Clare Elections, The Horse in County Clare (2 volumes) and the Clare Anthology (Ed.).
The talk will be held at the Courthouse Gallery, Ennistymon at 8pm.