The Independence Way was founded by the Knockraha Historical and Heritage Society. The intention of the trail is to map the significant sites that were active during the War of Independence. Knockraha was a significant area for the Irish Volunteers and an active branch of the Cumman na mBan. The area was a training ground, site of two bomb factories, a location to stockpile weapons, a prison and series of safe houses. In 1917, volunteers of the Knockraha E Company was established. The Independence Way map will lead you to areas where the story of that period will be revealed.
The Knockraha Historical and Heritage Society was founded in 1999 with the aim of promoting a greater awareness of the history of the parish. The society views research into place and events of local historical significance as well as the preservation of them, both physically and in the memories of local people, as central to this work.
Future students of local history will be fortunate that one of the most important periods in Irish History was researched so thoroughly by a history group who were part fo the Knockraha branch of Macra Na Feirme. This was completed in the mid 1970s when over twenty of the company were alive, including any of the officers which makes Knockraha one of the few communities in the country which has a complete history of the period.
We would like to acknowledge Cork County Council, and the Council’s Commemorations Committee for their support of the Independence Way.