Sunday, August 25, 2013

William 'Barney' Cosgrave remembered in Cooletagart

"We'll remember him and people like him not only for their great personal sacrifices, but also for the causes which still live on."  Those were the words of New Ross Sinn Féin County Council candidate Oisin O' Connell at a commemoration event for local war of independence patriot, William Cosgrave, in Cooletagart last Friday night.

Mr O' Connell was joined by members of the local Gleeson cumann beside the roadside monument to the republican staff captain who died in the 1930's.  William 'Barney' Cosgrave was with Jim Parle, John Creane and Patrick Hogan when they were captured by the free state army at the residence of Major John Larkin in 1923.  Cosgrave made a daring escape.  His three comrades were later executed in Wexford Gaol on the 13th of March.

Veteran Wexford republican Mick O' Leary laid a wreath on the monument and an oration was given by Mr O' Connell. 

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