of Tullamore' remembered
The bicentenary of the "Battle of Tullamore",
a skirmish between German and Irish soldiers serving in
the British forces, was recalled at an exhibition at the
Tullamore Dew Heritage Centre.
Over 600 members of the Kings German Legion were stationed
in Tullamore, and their success with the local women led
to their being the objects of envy from their Irish counterparts.
This culminated in an incident on July 22, 1806, in which
one Irish soldier and two Germans died, while 18 Irish and
24 Germans were wounded.
The exhibition was arranged by Ms. Anne Marie Studdart,
who acknowledged the help of Dorothee Hermann-Bibby, Ita
Gavin, Dudley Stewart and John Keatney.
The attendance included the Chairman of Tullmaore Town Council,
Councillor Tommy McKeigue.
The Battle of Tullamore was fought at Kilbeggan Bridge.
Irish Militiamen and soldiers of the King German Legion
were placed together and sent to Ireland to serve the garrison
The unit of the Light Battalions numbering 600 men was stationed
in Tullamore with one squadron of the 1st Hussars of Legion.
It came to good and heavy blows between the two sides, when
the German soldiers were luckier to win the hearts of the
lovely ladies of Tullamore. Two German soldiers died after
the violent fight from their injuries. They are buried at
Kilcruttin Graveyard (Town Park now). The tombstone was
lately restored by the Sennheister Company.
A temporary exhibition on the 200 year old story was launched
in the Tullamore DEW Heritage Centre. Ms Studdert opened
the temporary exhibition for the visitors that came along.
Her sincere thanks are extended to the Offaly Historical
and Archeological Society and to Mr Dudley Stewart; for
supporting the temporary exhibition of The Battle of Tullamore.
Everybody who left in artefact for the temporary exhibition
SALTS Ireland Ltd is asked to collect the items in the Tullamore
DEW Heritage Centre. Thank you for your support.
For the exact details of the battle of Tullamore visit the
Tullamore DEW Heritage Centre, Bury Quay, Tullamore, 057
Courtesy of Declan McSweeney and The Offaly Express
22 February 2006