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Jack Lynch was born 100 years ago today!

Tuesday, 15th August, 2017 9:51am

A wreath was laid on the grave of the late Jack Lynch by Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald to mark the centenary of his birth today.

The event took place at Saint Finbarr’s Cemetery, at the request of the North Monastery Past Pupils Union.

The Lord Mayor, himself a North Mon boy, said: "Jack Lynch is Cork's most famous son, and I was delighted to hear that North Monastery Past Pupils Union had organised to mark the centenary of his birth."

President of the Past Pupils Union, Barry Hill added: "There have been many graduates of the North Mon who have gone on to achieve greatness, but none more so than Jack Lynch.

“The Mon nurtured Jack's talents and shaped his competencies in the formative years helping him to achieve so much in education, sport and politics."

Other ceremonies are planned by the Past Pupils Union later in the year to mark the centenary, including a mass in the Cathedral of Saint Mary and Saint Anne and a commemorative event on the North Monastery Campus on 1 October. 
A new stamp issued by An Post last week is also marking the centenary of the birth of Jack Lynch - sporting hero, lawyer, political party leader and two-term Taoiseach.
This commemorative stamp (€1) was designed by Vermillion Design and features a portrait photograph of Lynch. The stamp is available, with a  collectable First Day Cover, and both are available at main post offices, at the stamp counters at Dublin’s GPO, or online at irishstamps.ie.

Emma Connolly Harte

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