The James Connolly 1916 Society Mhuineacháin will be holding Independent Republican Commemorations for Volunteers Lawrence McNally, Jim Lynagh and Séan McKenna on Easter Saturday, April 4th.
A commemoration for Volunteer Lawrence McNally will take place at Tyholland cemetery at 2pm. Lawrence was killed in action against British forces of occupation in Coagh, on the Tyrone-Derry border, along with his comrades Tony Doris and Pete Ryan, on the 3rd of June 1991.
Lawrence, from Moortown near Ardboe, was a dedicated and courageous soldier whose memory lives on in the hearts of the republican people in his native East Tyrone, Monaghan and beyond. He died fighting for the freedom and independence of his country.
Volunteer Jim Lynagh’s commemoration will take place at Latlurcan cemetery Monaghan at 3pm. Jim was killed in battle while engaging British special forces, along with 7 gallant comrades at Loughgall, Co. Armagh, on May 8th 1987.
From Monaghan Town, Jim was a selfless and inspiring revolutionary sworn to the achievement of the Irish Republic as declared on Easter Week 1916. Having served sentences in both Long Kesh and Portlaoise prisons he was a highly experienced IRA operative who had been seriously wounded on Active Service.
A commemoration for Volunteer Séan McKenna will be held at Clara at 4pm. Séan died in June 1975 due to deterioration in his health brought on after 9 days of being hooded and tortured by British soldiers in Ballykinlar Army Base. A kind, courteous and dedicated man, Séan lost his life as a direct result of his love of country and his loyalty to the Republic.
The Republic these Volunteers died for has yet to be achieved. They did not profess notional aspirations to full Irish freedom but acted upon their commitment to it. Join us in honouring their memory.