Thursday, January 22, 2015
Vol. Jerry Madden (Cork) RIP
This past October 16th, 2014, saw the death of Cork Republican Jerry Madden. Jim Lane writes: "Gerry Madden endured 51 years of pain and suffering, following his injuries in an explosion at Cork's Republican Plot on 17th March 1963. Along with Dessie Swanton, who was killed in the explosion, he sought to protest the presence of DeValera at the cermony." He spent a month in the hospital afterwards and lost both a leg and an eye. A recovery committee was formed to cover his expenses with branches in Cork Dublin and New York, where the Clan na Gael supported his and Swanton's cause even though the IRA did not. While not accepted back into the IRA, he remained a highly active member of Sinn Fein and the Irish Revolutionary Forces and took part in many protests in the 60's and 70's. That he was obviously disabled did not spare him from the Gardai's wrath on these occasions. He was also on the editorial board of the IRF's "An Phoblacht."
More on the "Swanton Affair" here: