15 December 2005 Edition

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Death of Young Republican

Jeremy Griffin's sudden and tragic death due to black ice has robbed us all of a great friend and comrade. Every minute of Jeremy's short life was filled with one activity or another. For such a quietly spoken man he sure got a lot done.

Very popular amongst his peers, Jeremy was a very rounded individual with a maturity which belied his youth. He fulfiled many roles and positions in the Republican Movement, including Secretary to Sinn Féin's Cork East Comhairle Ceantair.

Those who met Jeremy through the years were astounded to hear that he was only 20 when he died. He got so much done it was assumed he was much older.

Earlier this year Jeremy took over as band leader of the Youghal Republican Flute Band, where he used his considerable energies to encourage others to fulfil the band's punishing schedule. Not alone was he willing to do the legwork, but he learned instruments seemingly with ease and then passed his new found knowledge on to younger members.

But maybe the strongest memory we have of Jeremy is that alongside all that energy and work, he was always pleasant, inspiring and most of all a comrade. Our sympathies go to his family.

By Tony, Séamus and Frank

An Phoblacht
44 Parnell Sq.
Dublin 1