Republicans To Mark 70th Anniversary Of Execution Of Charlie Kerins

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Charlie Kerins.

Charlie Kerins.

KERRY Sinn Féin will hold their annual Volunteer Charlie Kerins commemoration on this Friday, December 5.

Members and supporters of Sinn Fein will march from the Pikeman on Denny Street at 8pm to the monument at Charlie Kerins park in Strand Road where Cllr Damien Quigg will give the oration.

Charlie Kerins, was a former chief of staff of the IRA. In 1942  he was hanged in Mountjoy Jail after being convicted of the murder of a Garda Sergeant, after spending a couple of years on the run. He was 24 when he was executed.

Born in Caherina and educated at the Green Christian Brothers, he played football with the O’Rahilly’s club, winning a county championship medal in 1939 and playing in the final of 1940. The club was later renamed Kerins O’Rahilly’s in his honour.

“Charlie Kerins has long been admired by republicans throughout the island not alone for the role he played in the republican struggle but also in the manner in which he faced his execution borne with great fortitude and dignity,” said Cllr Damien Quigg. “I am delighted to be asked to speak at the monument to one of Kerry’s bravest sons.”


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