Fian Seamus Courtney O/C Fianna Eireann,Cork,
he died as the result of the ill effects of a hunger strike while he was in jail for illegal drilling in 1919. ” Seamus Courtney was arrested in 1917 and lodged in Cork jail where he went on hunger strike. This undermined his health and on his release his health broke down completely and he died. He was buried at Passage with full military honours. In 1921, the Fianna were re-organized into Battalions and Brigades along the same lines as the Volunteers.” The first photo is Seamus and the others are the present condition of his grave in Passage West Old Cemetery”,Cork.
On Sunday June 29.th, members of the Irish Volunteers Commemorative Organisation began work on cleaning up the grave and restoring the metal work that depicts the pike, harp of the Irish Volunteers and the sun bursts of Fianna Eireann.
Pat Manning located this grave a while ago and provided the pictures and text,Joe Healy also had some useful contributions and Diarmuid ,Brian and Mick all helped out.Well done to all.
The Irish Volunteers Commemorative Organisation will return to Seamus Courtney’s grave on Saturday, August 9.th,2014 at 2.30 pm for a dedication and wreath laying ceremony,please show your support and all are very welcome to attend.
Work in progress: