Seery remembered in Co Westmeath

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Seery Commemoration

The 26th Anniversary Commemoration and wreath laying was held in Rathaspic Graveyard, Rathowen, in memory of local IRA Volunteer, Brendan Seery, on Sunday, February 25.

The 26th Anniversary Commemoration and wreath laying was held in Rathaspic Graveyard, Rathowen, in memory of local IRA Volunteer, Brendan Seery, on Sunday, February 25.

Brendan Seery was the last Republican prisoner to die in Portlaoise prison.
He was from Grange, Ballinalack, aged just 44 years at the time of his untimely death from a heart-attack, which tragically took place on 19th February 1992.


The commemoration was organised by the Dermody/Leavy Cumann of Westmeath’s Spirit of Irish Freedom Republican Society.


The occasion began from Rathaspic Crossraods where upwards of fifty people gathered and were led to the Seery family plot by a three-man flag-bearing Colour Party from the Society.


Peter A Rogers recounted his participation in the group of family and friends who travelled in February 1992 to Portlaoise to bring home Brendan’s body for his funeral in Leany Church, Multyfarnham and his burial in Rathaspic.


Alan McCabe, Castlepollard, read the 1916 Proclamation and Stephen Clarke, Moate, read the Westmeath IRA Roll of Honour.


Then there was a wreath laying ceremony. The first wreath was laid on behalf of the Seery family by Brendan’s son, Tony. It continued with Pádraig Donoghue laying one on behalf of United Ireland Society, Áth Cliath. Next was Eamon McPhillips, who laid one behalf of the Matt Fitzpatrick Society, Newtownbutler. Erin McCabe then laid one on behalf of Dermody/Leavy Cumann North Westmeath.


Sean McCabe then came forward to lay one on behalf of the Cogan/McDonnell Cumann, North Meath. The last wreath was laid by Stephen Clarke for the Sloane/Tormey Cumann, South Westmeath.
James McInerney played a slow lament on the fiddle.

There followed a minutes silence, and playing of the Last Post and Reveille and lowering of the flags in memory of all dead IRA Volunteers.
Guest speaker Sean Bresnahan from Omagh, County Tyrone then addressed the event.


Mr Rogers thanked all those present, especially the son and daughter of Brendan Seery.


He praised the commitment of so many people within the other Republican societies for their continued great work in their own localities and thanked them for travelling such long distances to attend. He also acknowledged the superb speech by Sean Bresnahan.


He expressed gratitude to Bill Cleary and Eoin Corrigan from Mullingar who helped him erect the memorial at the Seery family plot in October 1994.