Tullamore in 1916 – The making of the Tullamore Incident – Michael Byrne
The `Tullamore Incident’ took place on 20 March 1916, one month prior to the Easter Rising. This book looks at Tullamore town as a place to live during this tumultuous period of Irish history and the issues confronting the town in terms of housing, local government and employment. The incident took place in what some called the Gaelic League rooms, others the Volunteer rooms and others the ‘Sinn Fein Hall’.
The town and neighborhood that was said to have had 500 of its menfolk (and a few women) serving in the 1914-18 war faced local tensions between the ‘Separation Women’ , the Irish Volunteers and the people of the quiet town of Tullamore ‘where there never had been trouble before’.