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Emmanuel "Matt" McLarnon: Fallen Comrade of the IRSM

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  • Danielle Ni Dhighe
    Fallen Comrade of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement Emmanuel Matt McLarnon Volunteer - Irish National Liberation Army Killed in Action on 12 May 1981
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      Fallen Comrade of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement

      Emmanuel "Matt" McLarnon
      Volunteer - Irish National Liberation Army
      Killed in Action on 12 May 1981

      Emmanuel "Matt" McLarnon was 21 years old when he was shot by a
      British Army sniper from an observation post in West Belfast's Divis
      Flats.

      On active service at the time of his death, he fired on British
      soldiers just hours after it was announced that Provisional Irish
      Republican Army Volunteer Francis Hughes had died on hunger strike.
      McLarnon was acquainted with Hughes from when the two men served time
      together in a British jail.

      McLarnon died on the way to the Royal Victoria Hospital after the
      ambulance was deliberately held up at a British Army checkpoint even
      though the soldiers knew there was a severely wounded man inside.

      After his funeral Mass, six INLA volunteers stepped out of a doorway
      at St. Peter's Catholic Church and fired three volleys of shots into
      the air in tribute to their fallen comrade. Crowds gathered to pay
      their final respects as his funeral procession made its way to
      Milltown Cemetery.

      He joined the INLA in 1976. In 1979, he was briefly imprisoned in
      Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail (where he met Hughes) after he was
      arrested on charges of possessing two pistols and a grenade.

      At the time of his death, he was married with one child, and his
      wife Rose was expecting a second child.

      A memorial to McLarnon and other comrades was unveiled in the Lower
      Falls area of West Belfast on 10 April 2003.

      He died as he lived: a Republican Socialist. Remember him with honour
      and pride.

      http://www.irsp.ie/Background/fallen/mclarnon.html
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