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Solohead beg
Sulchóid Bheag
Solohead beg is located in Ireland
Solohead beg
Solohead beg
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°31′42″N 8°09′55″W / 52.52844°N 8.1652266°W / 52.52844; -8.1652266Coordinates: 52°31′42″N 8°09′55″W / 52.52844°N 8.1652266°W / 52.52844; -8.1652266
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Tipperary
Dáil Éireann Tipperary South
EU Parliament South constituency
Elevation 97 m (318 ft)
Irish Grid Reference R888419

Sologhead beg or Solohead beg (/ˌsɒləhədˈbɛɡ/;[1] from Irish: Sulchóid Bheag)[2] is a townland and civil parish in County Tipperary, Ireland, lying northwest of Tipperary town.


In 968, Soloheadbeg was the location for the Battle of Sulcoit, where the Dalcassian King Mahon of Thomond and his brother Brian Ború defeated the viking Ivar, King of Limerick. In 1603, it was a stopping-point for Donal Cam O'Sullivan Beare during his epic march from Dunboy Castle in west Cork to O'Rourke's Castle in Leitrim.

A proclamation offering a reward of 1000 pounds for information leading to the capture of those involved in the Soloheadbeg ambush

Soloheadbeg Ambush[edit]

The Soloheadbeg Ambush, said to be the first engagement of the Irish War of Independence, took place here on 21 January 1919. The event is commemorated by a monument at Solohead Cross, some 1.5 km northwest of Limerick Junction railway station, where a ceremony of remembrance is held each year on the anniversary of the ambush, which was led by Séamus Robinson, Seán Treacy, Dan Breen and Seán Hogan of the Third Tipperary Brigade.

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