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Farmers' rights marchers of 1966 honoured in Bantry

October 27th, 2016 5:10 PM

By Con Downing

The five survivors pictured at the unveiling of the plaque with IFA president Joe Healy (fourth from left) are – from left – Jim Morris of Drimoleague, now living near Ballydehob; Tom Mullins of Bantry, Jackie O'Sullivan of Bere Island, Johnny O'Sullivan of Kealkil, and Michael Keohane of Coomhola.

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IFA president Joe Healy was on hand this (Thursday) afternoon in Bantry to pay tribute to the local farmers who marched the 217 miles to Dublin in October 1966 in support of improving farm incomes. The Portumna man unveiled a plaque outside St Brendan’s Church in Wolfe Tone Square to mark the golden jubilee of the seminal farmers’ march.

Five of the 16 men who marched the whole way to the capital 50 years ago this month were present and they, along with representatives of the other 11 who are since deceased, received special presentations to mark the occasion.

  • See next week’s Southern Star for a full report and more pictures.

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