The General Liam Lynch National Monument Association, to mark the 90th Anniversary of the death in action of General Liam Lynch Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army, have arranged a lecture by Mr Tom Toomey historian and author on the life and times of General Lynch for Wednesday April 10th 2013 at 8 pm in the Park Hotel Clonmel.
Ninety years ago the leaders of the IRA were engaged in internal negotiations on their future continuation of a conflict that the odds against success were rapidly increasing. Free State Intelligence sources were aware of the presence of IRA leaders in the Nire valley for a meeting, and encircled the region with several hundred troops.
On the morning of April 10th 1923 the Free State troops exchanged gun fire with the IRA leaders near Newcastle. The Chief of Staff of the IRA was fatally wounded on the bleak mountain side. In great pain Liam was brought down the mountain side by his captors and conveyed by horse drawn cart to Newcastle village before being brought to a Clonmel Hospital where he died later that evening.