Tom Kehoe – The man from two counties by Christopher Power

Book Launch – Knockbeg College, Carlow

Thursday October 6th at 7:30pm.

As part of the Decade of Centenary commemorations, Carlow County Council Centenaries Committee remembers  the fascinating life story  of Tom Kehoe which encapsulates the dramatic events and  tragedy of the period.

Born in Knockananna in a house which was positioned on the border of both counties Wicklow and Carlow, Tom’s experience found him involved in the seminal events remembered from the period of revolution beginning while still a teenager with  The 1916 Rising. Tom Kehoe became a member of “The Squad” during the Intelligence War which was fought on the streets of Dublin as Michael Collins intensified his attacks crippling  the operation of British Rule in Ireland based in Dublin castle. He was later involved in the events of Bloody Sunday and the attack on The Customs House. A senior officer in the newly formed Free State army, Tom Kehoe traveled extensively around Ireland during the tragic period of the Irish Civil War. His untimely death came a short few weeks after Michael Collins.  This book, which is primarily based on the recollections of Tom’s younger brother Tom Kehoe, and the invaluable documentary records relating to Tom Kehoe’s life, is unique family memoir.  The book draws on previously unexplored source material and the personal recollections of his family.

Tom Kehoe – The man from two counties is published as part of the Carlow County Council Decade of Centenaries programme 2022 and is written by Christopher Power who works in Carlow County Library Service. The publication, funded by Carlow County Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media will be launched by Councilor Fergal Browne in Knockbeg College  on Thursday next, October 6th at 7:30pm.

For further information contact John Shortall or Christopher Power, Carlow County Council Library Service at 059 912 9705 or by email to

Christopher Power works in Carlow Library. He has written a number of local history books on various counties.

You may be interested in reading another article on this website Tom Kehoe of Knockannana: His Role in Bloody Sunday 1920

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