Republican News · Thursday 20 September 2000

[An Phoblacht]

Harry Morgan

Harry Morgan, who died at the age of 80 after a serious illness, was buried in Glasnevin cemetery, Dublin, on 22 August. Harry was a very unusual man. He was a very talented individual, of high principles, unfailing loyalty and great generosity. Unlike the modern-day equivalents of the Pharisees, he did not proclaim his many good deeds or qualities.

The huge attendance at the removal to the church and his funeral to Glasnevin were adequate testament to the esteem in which he was held.

Born in County Tyrone, he was deeply involved in the struggle for freedom throughout his life. As a teenager, he was interned in the Curragh with Máirtín Ó Cadhain and others. At that time, Harry went by the name of Jimmy Cooney. He was a good friend of Captain O'Reilly, who took part in the burning of the Custom House, and of Lily O'Hanrahan, sister of executed 1916 Rising leader Michael O'Hanrahan. He attended the funeral of executed 1916 Rising leader Roger Casement when the body was repatriated from England. He was involved over the years, quietly, with Harry White, Jack McCabe, Daithí Ó Conaill, Joe Cahill and Sean Keenan of Derry, among others.

Harry worked as a Dublin bus driver and subsequently was a self-trained printer, wood carver and electronics genius.

His coffin was draped in the Tricolour and an honour guard flanked the hearse at his funeral. Over 40 wreaths bore silent tribute to Harry's unswerving loyalty and integrity.

To his son Gerard, his daughter-in-law Deirdre, grandchildren and close friend Chrissie, we extend our deepest sympathy. Truly, Harry was A Man For All Reasons.

Go ndeana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.

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