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Latest press release from John Brady TD, issued on Saturday, February 15th 2020…
Wicklow Sinn Féin are to hold a wreath laying ceremony on Sunday 16th February to mark the 100th anniversary of the murder of Séamus O’Brien by the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC).
The ceremony will take place at 2pm in the square in Rathdrum Co. Wicklow where Séamus was shot dead on February 11th 1920.
Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady said “On Sunday 16th February at 2pm we will lay a wreath at the spot where Séamus O’Brien was murdered by the RIC. A plaque is mounted on the wall of Rathdrum’s local Post Office, commemorating the murder of Séamus which took place in Rathdrum on the evening of Thursday, February 11th, 1920.”
“Séamus O’Brien, was originally a Wexford man who came to Rathdrum and set up a business, in the now post office. He was deeply involved in the GAA, Sinn Féin and was also a member of the Irish Volunteers. He took an active part in the 1916 Easter Rising and fought in Enniscorthy during Easter week. He was subsequently sentenced to five years in the internment camp at Frongoch in Wales, he was released after nine months and returned to Ireland in December 1916. He first arrived in Rathdrum in 1917 and in 1919 married a local woman, Ellen Darcy, who gave birth to a child less than one month before the shooting took place.”
Deputy Brady concluded, “All are welcome to attend the commemoration in Rathdrum on Sunday and remember and pay tribute to the real heroes from the War of Independence.”