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A very spe­cial com­mem­o­ra­tion cer­e­mony was held in Balt­in­glass last Sun­day, Novem­ber 4, to hon­our a sol­dier and a garda with Balt­in­glass con­nec­tions.

Pri­vate Michael McGuinn from Park­more in Balt­in­glass was killed in the Niemba Am­bush in the Congo on Novem­ber 8, 1960. Garda Pa­trick O’Hal­lo­ran, a na­tive of Gort, Co. Galway and sta­tioned in Balt­in­glass was killed in Balt­in­glass in the line of duty on Jan­uary 24, 1924.

The joint com­mem­o­ra­tion cer­e­mony in­cluded the An Garda Síochána march­ing band, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the De­fence Forces and An Garda Síochána and mem­bers of the fam­i­lies of both men. The Ir­ish flag was at half mast as the un­veil­ing of a me­mo­rial stone took place and mem­bers of both fam­i­lies laid wreaths. Wick­low County Coun­cil dig­ni­taries, in­clud­ing Tommy Cullen and Ed­ward Tim­mins spoke and the As­sis­tant Garda Com­mis­sioner and a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Chief of staff of the De­fence Forces told the story of both men. The me­mo­rial stone is now a per­ma­nent fea­ture in front of the McAlis­ter mon­u­ment and the brav­ery of both men are now part of the story of Balt­in­glass.

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