Veteran Cashel Republican Marcus Fogarty attended a call for unity among republicans at the 90th anniversary commemoration of General Liam Lynch last Sunday in the Knockmealdown Mountains near Goatenbridge.
A 200-strong crowd made its way up the 5km dusty mountain track leading from Goatenbridge to the 50ft round tower monument that marks the place where Lynch was mortally wounded in the last days of the Civil War on 10 April 1923, by Free State forces. He was chief of staff of the IRA at the time, although he was only 29 years old. Sinn Féin South Tipperary member Kevin Brunnick attended the commemoration.
He heard how the 1916 Rising “was to fundamentally change the life of Liam Lynch. From that day, Liam dedicated his life to making the Irish Republic a reality and declared he was a man of ‘one allegiance only.’”