Sean Mac Eoin statue by Rory Breslin

Blacksmith of Ballinalee

We drove through north county Longford recently and noticed this prominent bronze statue of Seán MacEoin by sculptor Rory Breslin, erected in 2013 in the quaint village of Ballinalee, County Longford.

Seán Mac Eoin was an Irish politician with the Fine Gael party and soldier, rising to the position of a General,  who fought in the War of Independence.  He was commonly referred to as the “Blacksmith of Ballinalee”.

The Battle of Ballinalee took place during the Irish War of Independence on 3 November 1920. The Irish Republican Army(IRA), led by Seán Mac Eoin, drove a force of British Army and Royal Irish Constabulary from the village of Ballinalee in County Longford.

Photos below show the location of the Clonfin Ambush, where a monument is erected.  The North Longford IRA flying column defeated the British forces at Clonfin,  Ballinalee in Longford on the 2nd February 1921.

Seán Mac Eoin’s Blacksmith forge which was burnt down by the British and later rebuilt.

Blacksmith forge Longford
Sean Mac Eoin Blacksmith forge

The grave of Seán Mac Eoin, who died in 1973 and is buried at St Emer’s cemetery in Ballinalee, County Longford.

Seán Mac Eoin IRA leader of the North Longford Flying column

 

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