Limerick town remembers ‘courage of men who died in fight to build nation’

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Pat Mallune, Maurice Lyons, Denis Barrett, Michael J  Noonan, Sean McNamara, and Chris OConnor attending the Sean Wall Commemoration in Bruff. Picture: Brendan Gleeson
SIXTY years after the unveiling of the Sean Wall memorial in Bruff, members of the public gathered at the landmark monument on Easter Sunday as part of an annual commemoration ceremony.

SIXTY years after the unveiling of the Sean Wall memorial in Bruff, members of the public gathered at the landmark monument on Easter Sunday as part of an annual commemoration ceremony.

The ceremony takes place every Easter Sunday at the request of the late Canon Gerard Wall whose father, Sean Wall, was killed in Annacarty, County Tipperary in the fight for independence.

The memorial was unveiled in October, 1952 by President of Ireland, Sean T O’Ceallaigh.

“In his speech, the president commented on the fact that both sides of the Civil War had come together on that day,” said Michael J Noonan, secretary of the Sean Wall Memorial Committee, in his speech at Sunday’s ceremony.

“In this year of The Gathering, and at this time of great financial and social difficulties, I want to say to you, in the spirit of those times, that the things on which we disagree are far fewer than those upon which we agree.

“We need to keep to the forefront our principles and our integrity and remember the courage of the young men who died in the fight to build our nation,” he added.

Later this year, the Sean Wall Memorial Committee will erect a large information board at the monument which will outline the story of Sean Wall.

Sean Wall, Brigadier of the East Limerick Brigade, was born in Ardykeohane, Bruff in 1888.

Sean Wall died tragically in Annacarty, County Tipperary in 1921.