Local tribute to fallen hero

    Marching together

    Pics: Donal Foley

    IT WAS an annual Easter Parade to honour a fallen hero, an occasion of respect and tribute to Captain Patrick Walsh, Dunnamaggin, B Company, 8th Battalion IRA who died from wounds received in action with what were termed Crown Forces.

    Volunteer Walsh died in Fermoy, County Cork from wounds received in the incident at Knocknagress, Tullaroan.

    Local people had a monument erected in his honour at the heart of Dunnamaggin and a local community, joined by friends, pay their public respects every Easter.

    The Easter Sunday Parade, organised by a local committee, now chaired by Canice Hickey, was well attended by an interesting mix of men, women and children, many of whom would be well au fait with the events that surrounded the death of Captain Walsh, while younger folk would have been updated by history books and local lore.

    The parade started out at Dunnamaggin School and, led by an FCA Colour Party, headed to the monument of Captain Walsh for a blessing by local parish priest, Fr Nicholas Flavin and oration by Claire O’Neill. A Boy Scoot Troop and pipers also joined in the commemoration.

    School principal Eilís Holden played the guitar as her daughter Margaret Mary paid tribute in song with a beautiful rendering of Down By The Sally Gardens.