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Dún Laoghaire Sinn Féin to unveil plaque to Tan War volunteers

5 September, 2006

As part of the nationwide commemorations surrounding the 90th Anniversary of the 1916 Rising and the 25th Anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strikes Dún Laoghaire Sinn Féin will be unveiling a plaque dedicated to the memory two IRA volunteers who were killed in action in Ballybrack, Co. Dublin during the Tan War.

Paddy Meaney and Thomas Dunne died while involved in an attack on Ballybrack Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) barracks on May 12th 1920.

The plaque, which honours all those who fought and died for Irish freedom, is situated within what would have been the grounds of the old RIC barracks at number one Maddens Lane close to the junction with the Wyattville Road.

The unveiling will take place on Saturday, September 9th at 6.30pm and will be performed by Brendan McFarlane who was leader of the IRA prisoners during the 1981 Hunger Strike. The short ceremony will include music and a reading of the 1916 proclamation.

Speaking in advance the chairperson of Dún Laoghaire Sinn Féin Daithi Ó Riain said: "The local organisation is very excited about this project. Its the culmination of over a years work. We are very grateful to the owner of the site for permission to erect the plaque honouring not only these two volunteers but all those who fought and died for Irish freedom over the generations.

"The production of the souvenir brochure and map to accompany the unveiling is also a first for the local organisation. It represents the party's attempt to bring to life and educate people about the rich republican history which many people would not associate with Dún Laoghaire.

"From those who just have a general interest about our local history to those who have a specific interest in Republican matters all are welcome to join us on Saturday evening next." ENDS

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