Cork Republican Mick Buckley died on 20 February 2015.

On Monday following the burial of Mick Buckley at St.Joseph’s Cemetery in Cork, I notified to friends of Mick, primarly those up the country who would have been unaware of his passing, the news of his death. I mentioned that Mick was the O.C. of IRA Operations in Armagh City on the 12th December 1956. Some days later he was arrested south of the border by Free State Forces, tried and sentenced to 6 months imprisonment in Mountjoy Prison. In later years he attended the 50th anniversary of Operation Harvest, as it became known as, in a hotel in Dublin. He joined myself and a few others who were involved in that campaign, in the following years for a meal near to the 12th Dec, to reminisce on the times of bygone years. I write again to spread the message of his death to all those who had republican involvement with Mick back in the 1950’s. By Jim Lane Cork. 

Under the command of Mick Buckley in Armagh City were Vol Seamus Trainer(1920-08) later Official IRA O.C. Armagh and Vol Davey Kennedy(1920-75)  who became the O.C. North Armagh  of the Provisional IRA.

Left to right - Gerry Higginbottom (Dublin), Michael (Mick) Buckley, (Cork), Jim Lane (Cork), Brendan Sealy (Dublin

Left to right – Gerry Higginbottom (Dublin), Michael (Mick) Buckley, (Cork), Jim Lane (Cork), Brendan Sealy (Dublin

Armagh Official Republican commemoration 1970 Seamus Trainor carrying the flag.

Armagh Official Republican commemoration 1970 Seamus Trainor carrying the flag.

Jim Lane said in a reply to a question by Michael Kunzinger “Well, after his release, he first of all returned to Cork. Then a GHQ officer, Séan Daly, a West Corkman, recently released from Mountjoy Prison, and living in Dublin, arrived in Cork and met Mick and told him GHQ required him back on active service in the North again. Mick was ready to go, but when the local IRA leadership became aware of this development they ordered him to stay put in Cork. The Cork IRA leadership by that time had decided to opt-out of sending IRA Volunteers on active service. This policy stopped Mick going on further active service, as it did many others. Some went North independently, many just drifted away. The Cork leadership felt at the time they had lost too many to the prisons in the campaign”.

For more on this, link to “Miscellaneous Notes on Republicanism and Socialism in Cork City, 1954-69″https://cedarlounge.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/irish-left-open-history-project-miscellaneous-notes-on-republicanism-and-socialism-in-cork-city-1954%E2%80%9369-by-jim-lane-cork-2005/

Operation Harvest

Operation Harvest

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