This book is one of a series of Illustrated Biographies of persons who were part of Tipperary’s history during the Decade of Revolution 1913 – 1923. In this book, John Connors introduces us to the life of Seán (also known as John Joseph or J.J.) Hogan, from Greenane, near Tipperary Town, who lived from 1900 to 1968.
At the age of 18, Seán Hogan became a ‘wanted’ man, because of his involvement in the IRA operation in which two policemen were killed at Soloheadbeg on 21st January 1919. He was captured on the 12th May 1919 at Annfield, near the Ragg in mid-Tipperary. As he was being taken south on the train to Cork, his IRA colleagues staged a daring and successful rescue at Knocklong Railway station, killing two more policemen.
A spiral of further violence and death would follow, propelling Hogan to national, if not international fame or infamy, depending on your perspective. Connor’s subject, Sean Hogan, was therefore a central figure in the series of incidents which would develop into Ireland’s War of Independence.
In his book, John Connors rescues Hogan for a second time, from historical obscurity. He deconstructs the ‘hero myth’ and gives us a very human story.