School: Clanna Caoilte (B.) (roll number 12286)

Clonakilty, Co. Cork
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The Battle of the Big Cross

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The Schools’ Collection, Volume 0311, Page 124

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The battle of the Big Cross was the only '98 rising in Co. Cork. It was fought by the "Big Cross" near Shannonvale between the Croppies and the English. the Croppies were dressed in frieze clothes and were very poorly equipped, they had no guns but pikes and sticks and stones while the English had artillery and cavalry and infantry. The leader of the Croppies was Tadg an Astna a very brave and daring man but he was killed that day and his body was tied to a lorry and dragged into Clonakilty a distance over three miles when they arrived he was bruised and torn and the threw him into the Croppy hole at Ton (Fack's) Bridge. A monument was erected in the centre of

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Pat Galwey
Carhoo, Co. Cork