A monument to Clareman Patrick White, who was shot and killed during the War of Independence, will be unveiled at White’s Cross in Meelick on On Sunday 27th April.
Captain Patrick White was a carpenter who lived at White’s Cross, Meelick. He was a prominent local athlete and a member of the Meelick hurling team which won the county intermediate championship in 1917. He was also the Captain of the Meelick Company of the IRA’s East Clare brigade and played a prominent role during the fight for independence. Patrick White was arrested by the Black and Tans and imprisoned on Spike Island Prison in Cork.
On 1st June 1921 what began as a hurling match by republican prisoners at the prison ended in tragedy when Patrick White was shot dead by a British soldier. During the hurling match the sliotar went out of play and into an area that was out of bounds for the prisoners. Patrick White approached a British soldier who was standing guard and asked him to retrieve the sliotar. The soldier told White that he could retrieve the ball himself – and when he did so the soldier shot him dead without warning.
Members of the Meelick-Parteen & Cratloe Commemoration Committee, a non –political group who have held a number of commemorations in recent years have planned a series of events in Meelick to remember Patrick White on Sunday, 27th April.
The day’s ceremonies begin at 1 o’clock in Meelick churchyard when a wreath will be laid on Patrick White’s grave at the Republican Plot following 12 noon mass. This will be followed at 2 o’clock by the unveiling of a newly commissioned monument at the site of Patrick White’s home at White’s Cross in Meelick.
A brief historical oration will be given by local historian and author Pádraig Óg Ó Ruairc. A special commemorative booklet will also be on sale. All are welcome & further details are available from Johnny White (087 6341039) or Cathal Crowe (087 1368882).