Historic links to Derry Centenary tree planting

Dermot O Hara said

I was on holidays three years ago and  visited the memorial to Liam Lynch in the Knockmealdown Mountains. I took a sapling from a tree beside the memorial  and have grown it for the past three years so I am pleased that it has been planted in a ceremony here today with the family of Ethel Lynch as part of the centenary year programme of events. It’s very important to show the lineage of our history and that Liam and Ethel Lynch were all part of the one struggle.WP_20160930_14_36_12_Pro(1)


Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly said

Liam Lynch was a hero of the Tan War, Chief of Staff of the IRA and dedicated republican.

In the early hours of the morning of 10 April 1923, over 1,000 Free State soldiers, under the command of Major General John Prout of Waterford Command, began a search and sweep operation of the Knockmealdown Mountains on the border of counties Tipperary and Waterford, looking to capture IRA leaders in the area. During the sweep operation Liam Lynch  was shot and wounded .

The Free State soldiers dressed his wound and placed him on a stretcher made from rifles and coats and carried him down the mountain. A priest, Fr Hallinan, arrived on the scene and administrated last rites.

He was then taken to a public house in Newcastle and an ambulance was sent for. While he was there a Dr Joseph Power attended to his wound. An ambulance finally arrived at around 3pm and he was then taken to St Joseph’s Hospital in Clonmel. Later that evening he passed away.