Eoin McNamee (Irish republican)

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Eoin Mcnamee (MacNamee) was a long-time IRA member and former head of its Northern Command. McNamee died in August 1986. On 11 June 1939, McNamee was charged with being a member of the I.R.A. and sentenced to six months in Crumlin Road Jail, Belfast.[1] In April 1942, a new IRA Army Council was elected and McNamee was named Adjutant General. During World War II, it is believed that McNamee met with a German agent in Ireland. Later in his life, he lived in the Chicago area of the US where he is supposed to have acted as the go-between for the IRA leadership and its weapons suppliers in the U.S.[2]

A Sinn Fein cumann is named in his honor: Eoin McNamee Cumann, Kildress, Co. Tyrone. A monument to his memory stands at a quiet cross road in the Sperrin Mountains of his native County Tyrone.


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  1. ^ Coogan, Tim: The IRA A History. Rinehart Publishers (1993), pg131.
  2. ^ Holland, John. "IRA Puts On A Hard Face". irishecho.com. irish echo newspaper, Feb 16, 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
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