Friday, June 13, 2014

Photo: Joe Christle and Jim Killeen

 Jim Killeen (front) and Joe Christle (rear) with Ras Tailtean champion Shay O'Hanlon.1962

 As well as being president of the National Cycling Association, Jim Killeen was one of Dublin's veteran republicans. He escaped Mountjoy in 25 and was adjutant general of the IRA from 1927-33. In the 30's he spent some time on hungerstrike for Political status in Crumlin Rd Gaol. He was brought by Joe Christle onto the Saor Uladh executive which coordinated the workings of Saor Uladh and the Christle Group. He is commemorated today by the NCA's "Jim Killeen Award" for "outstanding contribution to the sport".

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