Selton Hill

From the 11th – 18th March 2022 Fenagh Visitor Centre hosted a special exhibition all about the Selton Hill Ambush, which happened near Gorvagh on the 11th of March 1921.

Our exhibition marked the 101st anniversary of the ambush.  The ambush resulted in the deaths of six volunteers in what was the second worst atrocity in the country (and the worst in Leitrim) during the War of Independence.

Funding was granted in 2021 by the Decades of Centenary programme 2012 -2023 which was funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for an online commemoration of the centenary of the ambush in 2021. This took place with a 27-minute documentary showcasing the event. Funding was also granted at the time for an exhibition. Because of Covid-19 restrictions last year this event could not be held to coincide with the centenary of the ambush. The easing of restrictions means that the exhibition could take place in 2022.

Numerous panels were be on display throughout the centre detailing the tragedy of the ambush and covering the period from 1917 up to the unveiling of the Selton Hill monument in 1936. These panels included numerous local photographs in addition to photos from the National library of Ireland, The Imperial War Museum, RTE archives and Military Archives. It really was a must see exhibition.

Portraits of the eleven volunteers painted by Sinead Guckian were displayed alongside various items of memorabilia relating to the volunteers and that period in Ireland.

The exhibition has now finished in Fenagh Visitor Centre. Check here for details of where the exhibition will next be shown.

Supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative.