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Memorial considered for hunger striker Capt Sullivan

Story by Seamus Enright

Thursday, 8th March, 2018 10:38am

Memorial considered for hunger striker Capt Sullivan

Capt Sullivan.

A meeting will take place next week to consider plans to erect a memorial in honour of Cavan-native Captain Andrew Sullivan who died on hunger strike in Mountjoy Jail in 1923.
One of 22 Republican prisoners to die on hunger strike in the last century, Capt Sullivan, a native of Denbawn, born 1882, he was among those interned by the Free State Government in 1922.
The meeting to consider a memorial in the parish he was born will take place at Drumavaddy Community Centre on Monday night, March 12, from 8.30pm.
One of the possibilities is the potential refurbishment of Drumcrow Hall which is already dedicated to Capt Sullivan. His remains are presently buried in a Republican plot in Mallow.
The oldest of eight children born to Michael Sorahan (c1836-1909) and Mary Smith (c1856-a1911), he attended the Royal College of Science for Ireland in Dublin, and later worked as an agricultural inspector for the Mallow area for many years.
A member of the 5th Battalion, Cork 4th Brigade during the War of Independence, he became a Commanding Officer for Civil Administration in the North Cork area, and later the 1st Southern Cork division.
A supporter of the anti-Treaty side during the Irish Civil War, he was arrested and interred on July 5, 1923.
In Autumn 1923, in conjunction with protests outside and a rising groundswell of resentment at Cumann na nGaedheal's intransigence and to protest their conditions during imprisonment, Capt Sullivan and others went on hunger strike. He died 22 November 1923.
Capt Sullivan is one of a number whose name is commemorated on a statue that stands outside Cavan Courthouse.

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