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The art of making rebels – 1920

Connacht Tribune 3rd July 1920 p4

William Hynes Kinvara. Photo: Connacht Tribune 1920

Photo: Connacht Tribune 1920

(abridged) How the Government Persecuted a Kinvara man and his friends. Mr William Hynes, Kinvara, one of the hunger strikers recently released from Wormwood Scrubbs, was arrested at Abbey, Loughrea, early in spring and confined in Galway prison. He was remanded on a few occasions while “The minions of the law” were trying to make a case against him, but subsequently he was released without a stain on his character. The Government, not to be outdone, arrested him a few weeks later, and deported him to Wormwood Scrubbs along with Mr Patrick Kilkelly, now the chairman of the Gort District council, and hundreds of others. Mr Hynes is the youngest son of Mr Patrick Hynes, Doongora, Kinvara and comes of a good old stock of fighting Nationalists. He is grandson of the late “honest Bartly Hynes,” of Killina, the first man in Ireland to be prosecuted for having his name in Irish printed on his cart, and who, to credit be it said, refused to pay the fine imposed by a pair of British “Removables.” His brother Mr Michael Hynes, was arrested after the Rebellion of 1916, and imprisoned at Frongoch. His cousin, the late Mr Patk Hamberry was jailed, following the Rebellion, and died as a result of his cruel treatment immediately after his release.

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