Station of Knocklong


The news has spread through Ireland and spread from shore to shore
Of such a deed, no living man has ever heard before
From out a guarded carriage mid a panic stricken throng
Sean Hogan, he was rescued at the station of Knocklong

When a guard of four policemen had their prisoner minded well
As the fatal train sped o’er the rails, conveying him to his cell
The prisoner then could scarce foretell, of hearts both brave and strong
That were planning for his rescue at the station of Knocklong

The shades of eve were falling fast when the train at last drew in
It was halted for an hour or so by a few courageous men
They sprang into the carriage and it did not take them long
‘Hands up or die’ was the rebel cry at the station of Knocklong

King George’s pampered hirelings, they shrivelled up with fear
And thought of how they placed in cells, full many a Volunteer
Now face to face with armed men, to escape, how they did long
But two of them met with traitors deaths at the station of Knocklong

From Sologhead to Limerick, such deeds as these were never seen
And devil a tear was ever shed for Wallace of Roskeen
They did old England’s dirty work and did that work too long
But the renegades were numbered up at the station of Knocklong

Now rise up Mother Erin and always be of cheer
You’ll never die while at your side there stand such Volunteers
From Dingle Bay to Garryowen, the cheers will echo long
Of the rescue of Sean Hogan at the station of Knocklong


Seán Hogan (13 May 1901 – 24 December 1968) was one of the leaders of the 3rd Tipperary Brigade of the Irish Republican Army during the War of Independence.

Hogan was arrested on 12 May 1919. He was being transported to Cork by train the following day, when a group of men led by Sean Treacy and Dan Breen boarded the train at Knocklong (near Limerick junction). A close-range shoot-out followed on the train. Treacy and Breen were wounded in the gun fight in which two policemen died, but Hogan was rescued.

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