18 June 2018, Monday
By Bryan Smyth
Annual “Battle of the Big Cross” commemoration in Clonakilty
Tuesday 19th June marks the 220th anniversary of the “Battle of the Big Cross” – the only engagement in the whole of Munster between the United Irishmen and Crown Forces in 1798.
The “Big Cross” is located just north of Shannonvale Village, about 4kms from Clonakilty town.
As in the last number of years, Dúchas Clonakilty Heritage has organised a historical, non-political commemoration to remember this important event in local history at 8pm at Asna Square in the town centre.
During the 20-minute ceremony, the recently installed Mayor of Clonakilty will lay a wreath at the monument to the local United Irish leader Tadhg Ó Donnabháin Asna who was one of the approx. 100 United Irishmen killed in the Battle of the Big Cross.
All are invited to attend the commemorative event.