Republican News · Thursday 14 December 2000

[An Phoblacht]

Patrick Lynch Commemoration

Bhí slua mór i mBaile an Sceilig, Co. Chiarraí, ar an 10ú lá Mhí na Nollag chun aitheantas a thabhairt d'Óglach Pádraoig Ó Loinsigh. This new commemoration in the heart of the South Kerry Gaeltacht honoured the memory of Lieutenant Patrick Lynch of the South Kerry Brigade of the IRA who was killed by Free State forces in November 1922.

Chair Mícheál Ó Braonáin welcomed the large crowd that turned out despite windy conditions, reserving a special fáilte for the relatives of Pat Lynch.

Sinn Féin's Risteard Ó Fuaráin spoke of the extraordinary sacrifices made by republicans like Patrick Lynch. He made special reference to republicans who had used the weapon of hunger strike and urged all those present to get involved. He said the large crowd, despite the intimidatory presence of an unmarked Garda car, was proof ``that we will not be cowed into submission by the forces of any state''.

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