One of the highlights on this General Liam Lynch centenary weekend was appearing on a panel on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland today, to discuss the death of Lynch on the exact day a century on from his death. I appeared alongside Councilor Máirín McGrath (of the the Liam Lynch Newcastle Committee), Dr. John Borgonovo (UCC), and the segment was presented by Shane McElhatton. Of note, Shane did a superb write-up of the events of Lynch’s final days on the RTÉ website, see part one here and part two here.
What made it particularly unique was the panel was broadcasting from the room adjoining Nugent’s pub (then Walshe’s) where Lynch was brought after being mortally wounded on the Knockmealdown mountains. It was here he had a very important conversation with the National Army lieutenant (and former IRA member), Laurence Clancy, who lead the search party who found him which he conveyed his final wishes.
Outside this room is the original couch that Liam Lynch was laid out on (before being brought to Clonmel hospital), a popular visitor attraction locally!