Hero Diarmuid Lynch, the last man out of the GPO in 1916

A new TV documentary is set to shine a light on a forgotten hero of the Easter Rising.

By Eoin English, Irish Examiner


The dramatic story of Corkman Diarmuid Lynch — the last man out of the GPO in 1916 — will air on TG4 on Easter Monday.

Anchors from 1916 German gun-running ship, the Aud, on way to Cork and Kerry for public display
Diarmuid Lynch

Lynch, from Tracton, attended the fateful meeting with Pearse, MacDonagh, Plunkett, and MacDiarmada on Easter Saturday 1916 which determined that the Rising would go ahead. Four of them would be executed within a month. Lynch was the only one to survive.

Yet despite his key role in a pivotal moment in Irish history, little is known about his life. The documentary, produced by Tony McCarthy and directed by Ciara Hyland of ForeFront Productions, charts his tumultuous life, his escape from death, his jail wedding, his rustling of a herd of pigs to feed Dublin’s poor, his deportation to America, and his long-running feud with De Valera.

McCarthy and Hyland paid tribute to Eileen McGough whose book, Diarmuid Lynch: A Forgotten Irish Patriot, helped restore his place in history. The programme airs on TG4 at 7.30pm on Easter Monday March 28.

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