Keynote speaker, Christy Roche (second right) pictured with some of those involved in last Sunday's 1916 commemoration in Anglesboro, l-r: Dan McCarthy (Anglesboro Drama Group), Pat English (community activist), Mary Gordon (Anglesboro Tidy Towns) and local historian, Liam Allen. (Picture: John Ahern)

Anglesboro has strong links to 1916 as well as being the birthplace of legendary guerrilla fighter and nationalist organiser, Liam Lynch.

Born on the 9th November 1893 in Barnagurraha, Liam would go on become one of the most influential military leaders during the War of Independence.

The keynote speaker at last Sunday morning’s 1916 commemoration, Christy Roche, didn’t let the occasion pass without remarking on Lynch’s many attributes.

Christy described the Limerick native as steadfast in his republican beliefs, a man of action who led by example and someone who earned the respect of friend and foe alike.

According to the Fermoy historian, Lynch was a product of a country that had been decimated by famine.

“At this remove it’s difficult for us to grasp the enormous impact the famine and landlordism had …”

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