Togher Historical Association Visit

On Monday the 20th of March 2017, the Togher Historical Association came to visit our school. They explained to us how Togher was formed. We all sat down and watched a PowerPoint presentation about the history of Togher.They showed us pictures of the buildings in Togher past and present.  They told us about Joe Murphy a past pupil of Togher Boys N.S. Murphy joined the Irish Volunteers in 1917 and became a member of H Company, 2nd Battalion, Cork No.1 Brigade of which he was an active member. He was involved in numerous attacks on British police and military posts including a well publicised attack on Farran police barracks a few miles west of Cork city. Murphy was arrested by British forces on 15 July 1920 and was imprisoned in Cork County Gaol. With a large group of prisoners at the jail he commenced a hunger strike in conjunction with the Lord Mayor of Cork Terence McSwiney. Another Cork hunger striker Michael Fitzgerald also died.Joe Murphy died after seventy-six days without food on 25 October 1920 and was buried in the republican plot at St. Finbarr’s Cemetery, Cork. It was great fun and we all enjoyed it!!!  

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