West Waterford Sinn Féin marked the 101st anniversary of John ‘Jack’ Cummins over the bank holiday weekend. Jack was an active Volunteer with the Stradbally Company, 4th Battalion, West Waterford Brigade of the Irish Republican Army. He was shot and killed on the 5th June 1921.
He joined Sinn Féin because he believed an independent and united Ireland was the only guarantee of a decent future for his people. It wasn’t long before he joined the IRA and became a dedicated volunteer under the leadership of 4th Batt Commandant Tom Keating.
He was killed in action during an IRA ambush on British Troops at Ballyvoile. The IRA withdrew under heavy gunfire as British reinforcements arrived in the scene. They managed to recover Jack’s body and he is buried in Stradbally.
Wreaths were laid at the monument that marks the spot where he was shot and killed, and at his grave.
Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann. I measc laochra na nGael go raibh sé.