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Monday 20 May 2019

McDowell pays visit to Sligo

Former Justice Minister Michael McDowell pictured at Sligo Library during the making of a new documentary for RTE about the Noble Six.
Former Justice Minister Michael McDowell pictured at Sligo Library during the making of a new documentary for RTE about the Noble Six.

FORMER Justice Minister, Michael McDowell paid a visit to Sligo on Friday last to be filmed as part of a television documentary on the Noble Six, one of whom was his uncle.

McDowell, who is now back practising as a Senior Counsel after losing his seat at the 2007 General Election, was filmed by a television crew at Sligo Library and Courthouse.

He spoke about the Noble Six Republicans who were killed during the Civil War by Free Staters on Ben Bulben mountain on September 20th 1922.

One of those killed was McDowell's uncle, Brian MacNeill and the former PD leader said he enjoyed being involved in the making of the programme which will be broadcast on RTE next month to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the deaths of the Noble Six.

All six have been commemorated in Sligo with the naming of streets in Cranmore housing estate in their honour.

The Noble Six were: Div. Adjutant Brian McNeill, Dublin. Brigadier Seamus Devins, Grange, Captain Harry Benson, Ballisodare. Lieutenant Paddy Carroll, Sligo, Volunteer Tommy Langan, Sligo and Volunteer Joe Banks, Sligo.

Five of the six are buried in the Republican Plot in Sligo Cemetery.

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