The Spirit of Irish Freedom Society Westmeath, as part of our initiative to honour our county’s fallen ‘Defenders of the the Republic’ in the run-up to the Centenary of the 1916 Rising, are holding a commemoration in Fore Village, Co. Westmeath to mark 73 years since the death of Vol. Paddy Dermody, O/C Eastern Command IRA, killed 30th September 1942.
The event will begin at 3.30pm, assembling at Fore Abbey Car Park before marching through the village to the local cemetery. All are welcome. A wreath will also be laid on the grave of Michael Flynn, who died in Mountjoy Gaol in 1920.
Short History of Paddy Dermody’s death:
Paddy Dermody was from Hilltown, Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath and was killed by Free State Forces at his sister’s wedding at Lismacanigan, Mountnugent, Co. Cavan, about 15 miles away from his home. Paddy Dermody was shot in the back by a Special Branch Detective while escaping out a window of the house.
Another IRA Volunteer, Harry White, was also shot and wounded in the gunbattle but made good his escape, being found two days later by a sympathetic Free State soldier who got him away to Dublin on a bicycle. The Free State Forces also shot dead one of their own Special Branch Detectives that day.