by ehistoryadmin on October 20, 2016

Leinster Leader 14 November, 1959


The funeral of the late Mr. Patk Kirwan (88) whose death occurred after a short illness took place to Laraghbryan Cemetery. The attendance was large and representative. The late Mr. Kirwan (Patk was well-known for his keen sense of humour and his retentive memory. His passing severs yet another link with the National movement and Ireland’s right for freedom. Joining the Volunteer movement at its foundation he was foremost in the ranks of the men who marched from Maynooth to Dublin under the command of Donal Ua Buachalla in Easter Week, 1916 and was later interned in Frongoch until the amnesty. He took an active part with Maynooth Company during the War of Independence as a member of the Irish Republican Army. He took the Republican side in the civil war and was interned in Gormanstown until after the ceasefire order in 1923.

The Guard of Honour marched beside the hearse from the church to the Cemetery. It included Thomas Harris, Thomas Mangan, Tim Tyrrell, R. Harris, Patrick Weafer, 1916 comrades. Maynooth Company was represented by R. Bean, Chris Sherry and John Mangan. Representing North-Kildare staff were, Michael O’Neill, John Logie, Straffan, Patk Healy, Celbridge; James Farrell, Leixlip.

The last prayers at the graveside were recited by Rev. Father Leahy, C.C. Maynooth.

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