Monday, July 7, 2014

Grave of revolutionary journalist commands view of Irish Sea

The grave of Sean Etchingham commands a good view of the Irish sea.

A journalist and a volunteer leader in the Easter Rising of 1916, Etchingham was the Gorey branch Chair of Sinn Fein who became Minister of Fisheries in the independent  government.

He was also the first Republican Chairman of the Wexford County Council. He died at Courtown Harbour in 1923.

At the time of his death, he was only 53 years of age. His comrades later erected this stone for him in "tribute to his lifelong devotion to the cause of Irish freedom." It was unveiled in 1944 by Eamon de Valera, who had been first president of the Dail in 1919.                          

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