Battle of Tallaght


Although this is not one of my usual posts regarding an ancient ruin or historical place it does have a huge historical significance for the area and is quite interesting. On the wall beside the Dragon Inn pub in Tallaght village there is a commemorative plaque from 1967 for the men whom fought at the Battle of Tallaght. It was part of the Fenian rising in Dublin around March 1867. Many men had gathered on Tallaght hill armed and ready for a rebellion. The old constabulary barracks on the main street which is now a funeral home, was the scene of the engagement known as the Battle of Tallaght


A separate contingent had planned to take the RIC barracks on the main street in Tallaght. The first wave came from the Greenhill’s area but unknown to them the RIC had been made aware of the plans and were well prepared to fend off their attackers.  There were fourteen constables and a head constable on duty under Sub-inspector Burke at Tallaght, and they took up a position outside the barracks where they commanded the roads from both Greenhill’s and Templeogue. The initial attack came under heavy police fire and resulted in a retreat by the rebels whom would not have been as well trained or equipped as the police.


The next band of rebels to attack came from Templeogue, but these were also easily dispersed. In 1936 a skeleton, sword-bayonet and water bottle were found in a hollow tree stump near Terenure. It is thought that these were the remains of one of the Fenians who had taken refuge there after the Battle of Tallaght and either died of his wounds or was frozen to death. The real disaster in this story was that the large gathering on Tallaght were left leaderless and the hope of a successful Rising faded out. The image above is of a Fenian flag that had been captured in the skirmish. The 32 stars represented the 32 counties of Ireland.

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Photographer, Blogger, Ruinhunter, with an unhealthy obsession for history, mythology and the arcane.
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11 Responses to Battle of Tallaght

  1. kiwiskan says:

    An interesting post

  2. Mikels Skele says:

    Land of happy wars and sad love, to paraphrase Tommy Makem.

  3. noelgreene says:

    Ed, another great historical Post .. thanks for sharing

  4. Jodi says:

    Just learned about the June rebellion in France and how it was hopelessly outnumbered and doomed from the start. Interesting to learn of a similar uprising in Ireland. Great pics.

  5. Miss Lou says:

    I love Dublin. I loved it for it’s shoes primarily. I was 17 on my first visit. LOL.

    As an adult now, I reflect on your pictures and recall the beautiful old pubs we went to have our meals in. There is such a spirit of community and family in thier pubs. Here in Australia, the atmosphere, at least in the capital based bars and pubs reeks of alcoholism, foul language and smoke.

    Thanks for the memories!

    • How times have changed, Pub atmospere over here aint far off Australia. Except for the smoke. Some bright spark decided to ban smoking in any workplace about ten years ago, lol 🙂

      • Miss Lou says:

        Australia has also introduced laws to restrict smoking in the workplace – and anywhere there is food served, however smokers are smokers and I tend to experience them smoking down the side of the building, or around the corner or as they get out of their cars, which still results in the stench, though of course less passive smoking, thank goodness.

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