It goes without saying the older we get the more people we know who die. This was unfortunately the case today when I heard Seamy Martin died.
I didn't know Seamy well in gaol except to see. He was captured with Joe McDonnell, Bobby Sands and their other comrades on an operation in 1976. I was on remand in A wing in the Crum at the time and I remember them coming into prison. After they were sentenced the following year they were in the same block as me in H5 and I'd have seen them at mass.
Seamy was a quiet fella and the wing he was on was full of characters so I can imagine him trying to get a word in.
I didn't get to know Seamy better until years later when we were running about and we'd have a good few yarns. As time wore on we drifted apart but whenever we met we'd always talk about this, that and the other.
In more recent months I'd see him regularly and during one of those times he told me he had cancer.
This photo was taken at Easter and for anyone who knew Seamy it's obvious to see he was a changed man. Yes his appearance may have changed but his personality hadn't and he was very philosophical about his illness.
|Padraic Mac Coitir and Seamy Martin|