July 25, 2021

‘A real hero of the War of Independence’ – memorial to mark 100th anniversary of murder of Rathdrum man

The local Sinn Féin branch are holding a wreath laying ceremony today to mark the 100th anniversary of the murder of Séamus O’Brien by the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC).

The ceremony will take place at 2pm in the square in Rathdrum where O’Brien was shot dead on February 11, 1920.

Wicklow TD John Brady (pictured below)  said: “Séamus O’Brien, was originally a Wexford man who came to Rathdrum and set up a business, in the now post office. He was deeply involved in the GAA, Sinn Féin and was also a member of the Irish Volunteers.  He took an active part in the 1916 Easter Rising and fought in Enniscorthy during Easter week. He was subsequently sentenced to five years in the internment camp at Frongoch in Wales, he was released after nine months and returned to Ireland in December 1916.  He first arrived in Rathdrum in 1917 and in 1919 married a local woman, Ellen Darcy, who gave birth to a child less than one month before the shooting took place.”

He added: “All are welcome to attend the commemoration in Rathdrum on Sunday and remember and pay tribute to the real heroes from the War of Independence.”

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