Memorial to be unveiled to Commandant Anraí Ó Maonaigh in Patrickswell

Commandant Anraí Ó Maonaigh (Henry Meany)

A MEMORIAL to Commandant Anraí Ó Maonaigh (Henry Meany) of the Mid-Limerick brigade of the IRA will be unveiled in Patrickswell this Sunday, September 25, at 2.30pm.

The plaque was organised and commissioned by the Limerick Republican Graves Committee and will be unveiled by committee chairman Des Long.

A member of C Company in the City Battalion of the Mid Limerick Brigade of the IRA, Commandant Ó Maonaigh, from John Street in the city, died in Patrickswell after being shot by Free State troops in Ballyanrahan.

Commandant Ó Maonaigh had been arrested and interned in the War of Independence, where he took the Republican side, but escaped from Kilkenny Jail along with 46 other prisoners who tunnelled their way through 50 yards of earth, six feet underground.

Aged just 31 when he died from his wounds at the house of Michael McDonnell, Commandant Ó Maonaigh is buried in the Republican Plot it Mount St Lawrence Cemetery.

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The land where he was shot belongs to the McSweeney family and the Graves Committee thanked Michael and his wife, Deirdre, and his son, Dan, for giving permission to erect the plaque on their roadside wall.

A wreath will be laid on Sunday by a family member.