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Fógraí bháis: Johnnie Lynch

The death has taken place in Camlough, Co Armagh, of lifelong republican, Johnnie Lynch.

Born in 1912, the son of a Newry dock worker, Johnnie first became involved with the Republican Movement in Co Monaghan in 1934. He married a Co Monaghan woman, Nora, and they had a son, Finnion, and a daughter, Catherine. Following his wife's death over fifty years ago, Johnnie devoted his life to his country's struggle for independence.

He was an active participant in the 1956-62 Border campaign and was a close comrade of the Edentubber Martyrs. Upon his release from Crumlin Road Jail in 1959 where he had served a prison sentence, Johnnie represented Sinn Fein with distinction in the Westminster election of that year.

He again carried the Sinn Fein message in the 1964 election in the constituency of Armagh where, with an unprecedented vote of 12,432, he shook the entrenched Unionist camp to its foundations.

Tirelessly carrying the republican message near and far, in 1964 Johnnie embarked on a highly successful fundraising tour of the USA on behalf of the Republican Movement.

Up until his death in August, Johnnie was an active and respected member of the Seamus Steele Sinn Fein Cumann in Camlough.

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