Creation of a Nation

Follow the dramatic events during the years of upheaval in the struggle for Irish independence from the ‘Rockingham Raid’ to the Connaught Rangers’ mutiny of 1920. Visit Private Daly in his prison cell as he awaits his execution and read his final, poignant, letter to his mother written just days before his death. The house also played an important role in the War of Independence as a billet for the Bedfordshire Regiment.

Visit the cold, miserable jail cells and experience for yourself the terrible conditions endured by soldiers who broke military discipline or, later, IRA prisoners. Discover how two prisoners managed to escape in one week-much to the embarrassment of the soldiers on guard!

Following the truce in 1921, Civil War broke out between the Irish the following year due to disagreements regarding the nature of the truce. King House was once again a centre of activity and was shelled with mortars. Snipers were placed in many local houses and the last official action of the Civil War in Roscommon took place in Elphin Street in Boyle.