The launch of 'Henry Kelly (1895-1920): Co Sligo's Forgotten Rebel' takes place in Liber Bookshop, O'Connell St, Sligo on Saturday, 21st of October, from 12-2 p.m. For further information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/cianhartehistorian
along to learn of the story of one of the few Sligo soldiers to fight
in Easter Week on the side of the rebels. the book is a short biographical study of
Volunteer Henry Kelly of Ballygawley, an Easter Rebel of 1916, who was
executed by an RIC Auxiliary Raid on the Banba Hall, Dublin on the 17th
of October, 1920, during the War of Independence.
author, Riverstown native, historian and serving Irish soldier, Cian Harte hoped to revitalise the life of a forgotten rebel, one of only a
handful of Sligo people to involve themselves in the 1916
Henry received no adulation, no recognition and no medals due
to his early demise. The author wishes to rectify this tragedy with this
Proceeds of the book
will go towards the resurfacing of Henry's weathered headstone in
Kilross Cemetery, Ballygawley and towards an application for posthumous
IRA medals due to him and his next of kin.