Historians call for help on the mystery of Tipperary’s old IRA map

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Historians have appealed for help in solving the mystery of the distinctive markings on the IRA’s map of Tipperary dating back to the War of Independence.

The ipperary County Council’s Heritage Office was alerted last year to the existence of Tipperary maps that appeared to be part of the 3rd Tipperary Brigade’s intelligence resources.

A local family received the map for safekeeping decades ago and has carefully guarded it for many years.

When it was presented to historians and archives last year, they noted distinctive markings, but were unable to determine what they meant.

Tipperary, like Cork and Dublin, proved to be one of the cauldrons of the War of Independence from 1919 to 1921.

The first shots of the conflict were fired at Tipperary during the Soloheadbeg ambush in 1919, while Sean Hogan’s rescue of Knocklong by the 3rd Tipperary Brigade was one of the most daring events of the entire war. .

Now, historians want to know exactly what the map markers mean and whether they are directly related to IRA activities, intelligence sources, escape routes or dump sites. weapons or not.

The call is underway as part of the Revolutionary Landscape program.

The Abarta Heritage Team has been appointed by the Tipperary Heritage Office to undertake “public engagement” with the map as part of its Decade of Centenaries (DOC) program.

Abarta Heritage Director Róisín Burke has called for the adoption of TippFM for anyone with information about bookmarks to help them decipher what they signify.

“We wanted to encourage the public to help us dig deeper and learn a little more about what these signs mean,” she said.

Historians believe that locals may have knowledge passed down in families about the importance of precise locations marked on maps.

The markings, in different colored inks, include what appear to be trails and routes along with specific locations.

The DOC says the map clearly has significant potential to reveal new insights into the revolutionary landscape of large areas of the 3rd Tipperary Brigade’s operational area.

As well as collecting new data, it is hoped the project can add more knowledge about what the map depicts, when and why it was created, and who created it.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/historians-appeal-for-help-in-mystery-of-tipperary-old-ira-map-41459741.html Historians call for help on the mystery of Tipperary’s old IRA map

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