Jeremiah James Dominic O’LearyBorn: August 4th, 1945Died: December 26th, 2018For virtually all of his adult life, Jer O’Leary, who has died aged 73, worked as a hospital porter in Dublin. Deeply committed politically, O’Leary had joined the organisation in 1967, aged 21, when the then-unified IRA had developed from a purely nationalist organisation into an internationalist revolutionary movement. O’Leary’s period in prison was transformational, both personally and educationally. A cast member took umbrage, shouting 'this [a theatre] is no place for political speeches' to which O’Leary shot back 'this is the only place for political speeches!' He is survived by their daughters Nora and Clare, and his sisters Margaret and Carmel.
Source: The Irish Times January 12, 2019 00:44 UTC