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Thursday 25 December 2014

Families of 1923 massacre meet

Marisa Reidy

Published 19/03/2014 | 05:36

HISTORY was both made and remembered at a special function in Ballyseedy on Friday, March 10, when the families of the nine men involved in the Ballyseedy massacre of 1923 came together for the very first time.

HISTORY was both made and remembered at a special function in Ballyseedy on Friday, March 10, when the families of the nine men involved in the Ballyseedy massacre of 1923 came together for the very first time.

Just days after the 91st anniversary of the tragedy, the families of the eight men who perished at the hands of Free State Army joined with relatives of the late Stephen Fuller - who was the only survivor of the atrocity, and who later went on to become a Fianna Fail TD.

Friday's get together was the brainchild of Stephen's son Paudie Fuller, who was anxious that the families of all all nine men should meet and pay tribute to those who died. He had hoped to arrange the commemoration last year for the 90th anniversary, but due to circumstances beyond his control it didn't materialise.,

Speaking about Friday's emotional event, Paudie said he was thrilled that his own family finally got to meet with the families of those who were killed - namely Pat Buckley, Scartaglin, John Daly, Casteisland, Pat Hartnett, Listowel, Michael O' Connell, Castleisland, John O' Connor, Liverpool, George O' Shea, Kilflynn, Tim Tuomey, Kilflynn and James Walsh, Tralee.

"It was a wonderful day and we had people come from Kerry, Cork and Dublin to meet for the first time," Paudie said. "It was long overdue but the day couldn't have gone better,"

Among the relatives present was Aidan Larkin of Dublin, grandson of John O'Connor, who has many relatives in Knocknagoshel, Brosna and Mountcollins. His mother Kathleen O'Connor Larkin was unable to attend - Kathleen was only two years old when her father lost his life at Ballyseedy and is depicted in her mother's arms in the Ballyseedy Memorial.

The gathering included mass at Rathass, followed by a visit to the memorial and refreshments afterwards at Ballygarry.

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