Gortagleanna Remembered 100 Years On

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Exactly 100 years later to the minute, family members lay a wreath on the Gortagleanna Monument, Knockanure, North Kerry last week where three members of the North Kerry Flying Column, Paddy Dalton Athea, Paddy Walsh Coolard and Jerry Lyons Duagh were shot dead by a troop of Black and Tans while a fourth member of the Column, Con Dee from Ballyline, Ballylongford made a miraculous escape. The event has been the subject of many stories, poems, songs and a film over the years.

Kerry Writers Museum in Listowel organised a special wreath laying ceremony by family members of those killed at the Gortaglanna Memorial and at each of their graves on Wednesday of last week.

Photo shows from left: Caitriona Dee – grandniece of Con Dee, (who escaped after mbeing shot in the leg), Tom Fitzgerald – grandnephew of Jerry Lyons, Margaret Sheehan – grandniece of Paddy Dalton and Paddy Walsh – grandnephew of Paddy Walsh.
Photo: Don MacMonagle