By John J Hassett, PRO 3rd Tipp Brigade Old IRA Commemoration Committee
The former Governor of Mountjoy Jail John Lonergan, a native of Bansha, will deliver the oration to mark the 91st anniversary of the Lisnagaul ambush at the Third Tipperary Brigade Old IRA Commemoration Committee monument that marks the historic site in the scenic Glen of Aherlow on Sunday November 13th 2011 at 2pm. Mr Lonergan was a former Tipperary person of the year and arguably the most progressive Governor ever in leading reforms and upgrading educational and skill opportunities within the prison system to make people better qualified to contribute positively to society after their release.
Mountjoy prison held as prisoners during the War of Independence, several prominent members of the IRA including Ben O’Hickey a native of Bansha who was a regional organiser of the Irish Volunteers in different parts of Munster. The Lisnagaul ambush marked the second engagement of the South Tipp Flying Column under the command of Denny Lacy. The engagement was sharp and the men of the Flying Column were decisive victors in which four of the Crown forces were fatally wounded. As we confront a major challenge to recover our national fiscal and economic sovereignty so dearly won, let us as citizens demand high standards of patriotism from our public representatives that the men of Lisnagaul under Denny Lacy displayed in the name of Ireland 91 years ago