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90th Anniversary Commemoration of Vols Monks and Curtis

07/11/12

Bernard Curtis' graveOn Saturday November 10, éirígí will hold a ninetieth anniversary commemoration in Bluebell, Dublin 12, for two local IRA Volunteers, John Monks and Bernard Curtis.

Volunteer John Monks of Nash Street in Inchicore was killed in action on the opening day of the Civil War during an IRA ambush on Free State troops at Red Cow, near Clondalkin. Volunteer Bernard Curtis of Canal Cottages in Bluebell was killed in action in a premature landmine explosion on the Old Naas Road at Bluebell on November 18th 1922. Curtis and his comrades were preparing an ambush on Free State troops when the landmine they were preparing exploded.

The commemoration will assemble at 2.30pm at Bluebell Shops before marching the short distance to Bluebell Cemetery where both volunteers are buried.

Speaking from Bluebell, éirígí Dublin City Councillor Louise Minihan said, “Volunteers John Monks and Bernard Curtis were two young men from the local community who took a stand against British misrule in Ireland and gave their lives fighting for a sovereign Irish Republic. Ninety years after their death, their sacrifice continues to inspire local republicans to continue the struggle for an Irish Socialist Republic.

“In the run up to 2016, local commemorations will play an important part in repopularising the ideas of republicanism and getting the republican message across in local communities. Such commemorations also give communities the opportunity to honour their patriot dead and to come onboard with the struggle to build a new Ireland.

“I would encourage republicans from Ballyfermot, Bluebell, Drimnagh, Inchicore and further afield to come along to the commemoration and join with us in paying tribute to these young republican heroes. I would also like to take this opportunity to invite the residents of Bluebell and Inchicore to come along and take part in the commemoration and learn about two inspiring young republicans from the local community.”

 

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