UCC to honour life of former Taoiseach, sportsman Jack

UCC to honour life of former Taoiseach, sportsman Jack

Jack Lynch 

THE life and career of former Taoiseach Jack Lynch will be marked in his alma mater tomorrow, in the run-up to the centenary of his birth.

Organised by Fianna Fáil, which he led from 1966 to 1979, a symposium will explore his time in politics, his time in sports as a dual-sport All-Ireland medal winner, and other exploits in his life.

The event will take place in University College Cork, where Mr Lynch studied law, at 10am tomorrow.

Leading academics Gary Murphy from DCU, Dermot Keogh from UCC, as well as legendary GAA commentator, Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh will be joined by Noelle O’Connell, Executive Producer of the European Movement Ireland and author and playwright, Declan Hassett. 

Mr Lynch's successor as leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin will also address the conference.

Speaking in advance of the event, the Cork South Central TD said that Mr Lynch had "major achievements" that deserved to be celebrated.

“100 years after his birth, it is right and proper that we gather to commemorate his legacy, and recognise the major achievements of Jack Lynch. We are bringing together some of Ireland’s leading academics, commentators and experts on Jack Lynch to delve into the life and exploits of a man who Cork people fondly remember as the Real Taoiseach.

Mr Martin said that his achievements were many, across different parts of public life.

“From his successes as a dual football and hurling star, to his decision to run for election in 1948, his appointment to cabinet in 1958 as Minister for Education, and then his election as Fianna Fáil Leader and Taoiseach in 1966, Jack Lynch played a monumental role in Ireland’s development. As Taoiseach, he led Ireland into the European Economic Community, now the European Union, worked to achieve progress during the Troubles in the North, and gave the political backing to introduce Free Secondary Education for all children," he said.

Mr Lynch was born in Shandon on August 15, 1917. He played hurling with The Glen and football with St Nick's, going on to play both sports for Cork, winning five All-Ireland medals in hurling, and one in football. He was served as Taoiseach from 1966 to 1973, and again from 1977 to 1979. He died on October 20, 1999, aged 82.

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