On this day in 1923 General Liam Lynch officer comanding the Republican forces was killed on the Knockmealdown Mountains while attempting to evade capture by Free State forces. Described as a "doctrinaire" Republican he played a very significant part in the War of Independence leading the North Cork Brigade.
Historical documents would also indicate that he was adamant that the the fight against the Free State would continue even though other Republican leaders realised that their position was hopeless.
Lynchs attitude was as he stated "We have declared for a Republic. We will live under no other law"
.Due to our inadequate teaching of history many are completely unaware of the achievements of men like Liam Lynch, Sean Moylan etc Like so many other figures in Irish history different organisations claim Lynch to their own resulting in a number of commemorations beiing held each year for him. The FF one at Kilcrumper each September was always notable for its speakers. I cant remember anyone from the FG camp being invited to speak though unlike the recent breakthroughs at the Collins commemoration.