13 May 2006

Memorial to dead republicans shot in Tan War to be unveiled

Daily Ireland

This article states that this Sunday is the date; however, at >>Indymedia.ie there is a long article with photo giving the ceremony date as the 21st of May, Sunday after next.
For confirmation contact Des Long on (061) 343314


by Ciarán Barnes

A memorial to two Limerick men murdered by the British army is to be unveiled on Sunday.
A plaque commemorating Michael Blake and James O’Neill is to be mounted at the Cross of Grange on the main road between Limerick and Tipperary.
The Black and Tans shot the men dead in 1920.
No one was ever charged with killing them.
Limerick City Council removed the original memorial to the men from the Cross of Grange during road works in the area.
It gathered dust in a council office until local historian Des Long found it, with the help of Limerick city councillor Eddie Wade.
Following a request from the men, the council agreed to put a new memorial in its place.
The main speaker at Sunday’s unveiling will be Séamus Ó Súilleabháin. His family played a major role in the Tan War in Limerick.
Historian Tom Toomey will address the gathering on the events leading up to the killing of the men. A wreath will be laid by Joe Lynch, chairman of Limerick Republican Graves.
The ceremony will take place at the Cross of the Grange on the main road between Limerick and Tipperary at the junction with the road to Cappamore.
Des Long has asked those attending to assemble at the crossroads before marching to the spot where the men were murdered for the 3pm plaque unveiling.
“We would like to invite the general public to attend and to hear the address by Tom Toomey, who at present is researching and writing a history of the Limerick IRA during the War of Independence,” he said.

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