Des Long, Ruairi O Bradaigh, Victor Fagg, Irish Republican Army

Des Long, Ruairi O Bradaigh

‘The IRA was formed in my grandad’s sitting room. He never told us’

‘The IRA was formed in my grandad’s sitting room. He never told us’

10.9.2019

‘The IRA was formed in my grandad’s sitting room. He never told us’

Victor Fagg , ‘a Protestant IRA man’, played host to a significant meeting 50 years ago - only now revealed in a BBC documentary

My grandfather was one of very few Protestants interned in the Curragh in 1940 and in 1943 he converted to Catholicism when he married Una Daly who was herself a captain in Cumann na mBan.

A local historian’s notes on the setting up of the creamery in 1961 highlight its importance to the Athlone farming community and Victor was apparently gifted in bringing different people together and organised the forming of the creamery committee of which he became secretary. It was the same networking skills that perhaps made him a natural host for the secretive meeting in December 1969.

Morgan Fagg, as a child, pictured with his grandmother Una Fagg outside the Athlone farmhouse. Photograph: Supplied by Morgan Fagg

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