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Feargal O'Hanlon (Irish: Feargal Ó hAnnluain (2 February 1936 – 1 January 1957) was a volunteer in the Pearse Column of the Irish Republican Army.[1]

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1 Background 2 Brookeborough raid 3 Reaction 4 References 5 Link

Background[edit] O'Hanlon was born in Ballybay, County Monaghan, Ireland, into a staunchly republican family, Feargal O'Hanlon was a draughtsman employed by Monaghan County Council. He was a Gaelic footballer[2][3] and a keen Irish language activist. Brookeborough raid[edit] Aged 20, O'Hanlon was killed along with Seán South while taking part in an attack on the Royal Ulster Constabulary (R.U.C.) barracks in Brookeborough, County Fermanagh, during the Border Campaign. Several other IRA members were wounded in the botched attack. The IRA fled the scene in a dumper truck. They abandoned it near the border. They left South and O'Hanlon, both then unconscious, in a cow byre, and crossed into the Republic of Ireland on foot for help for their comrades. The wounded IRA men were treated as "car crash victims" by sympathetic staff in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Dublin.[4][5] The events and personalities are sympathetically recalled in Dominic Behan's ballad The Patriot Game. Reaction[edit] O'Hanlon's mother remained firmly committed to the IRA and was hurt by the suggestion that there was an alternative to IRA activity or that her son was anything other than an Irish hero.[6] A marble monument now stands at the spot where South and O'Hanlon lost their lives. An annual lecture has been held in memory of O’Hanlon since 1982, and approximately 500 people attended a 50th commemoration of the men's deaths in January 2007 in Limerick.[7][8] His brother Eighneachán Ó hAnnluain was elected a Sinn Féin abstentionist TD in the 1957 general election to Dáil Éireann. His sister Pádraigín Uí Mhurchadha was a Sinn Féin Councillor on Monaghan Urban Council.

Fergal O'Hanlon's gravestone.

Monument erected in memory of Fergal O'Hanlon.

Monument in Moane's Cross, Fermanagh to South and O'Hanlon.

References[edit]

^ Hoganstand.com - GAA Football & Hurling ^ Bishop, Patrick & Mallie, Eamonn (1987). The Provisional IRA. Corgi Books. p. 42. ISBN 0-552-13337-X. CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link) ^ Ella O'Dwyer. "A sister remembers". An Phoblacht. Retrieved 28 May 2007.  ^ Sinn Fein news ^ Valerie Robinson. "IRA men's deaths that caught whole country's imagination". Irish News. Retrieved 28 May 2007.  ^ Coogan, Tim (2000). The I.R.A. Harper Collins. p. 313. ISBN 0-00-653155-5.  ^ Sabhat/O'Hanlon 50th anniversary: Capacity crowd attends Memorial Lecture ^ Seán Sabhat Commemoration: Positive response from Paisley would move situation forward

Link[edit]

The Patriot Game song lyrics chords and video about Fergal O'Hanlon

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Organisation

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Attacks

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Chiefs of Staff

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Personalities

Cathal Brugha Liam Mellows Robert Erskine Childers Michael Carolan Richard Barrett Hugh Corvin Ernie O'Malley Tom Maguire Paddy McLogan Seamus O'Donovan Frank Ryan Máirtín Ó Cadhain Brendan Behan Dominic Behan Tomás Ó Dubhghaill Seán South Fergal O'Hanlon Manus Canning Seán Mac Stíofáin Joe Cahill Joe McCann Liam Kelly Tom Hales Peadar O'Donnell Éamonn O'Doherty Billy McKee

Associates

Cumann na mBan Fianna Éireann Sinn Féin (1922–26 & 1938–69) Clan na Gael National Graves Association Comhairle na Poblachta (1929–31) Saor Éire (1931) Cumann Poblachta na hÉireann (1936–37) Córas na Poblachta Connolly Association (Communist Party of Great Britain) Wolfe Tone Societies Clann na hÉireann

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