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1917: Danny the Activist

via - waterfordwhispersnews.com {go visit them}

Danny Suir from Ballygunnar was a disgruntled iron-smith who was laid off by the british army in 1915. He worked for 13 long years building munitions in a local steel mill which supplied materials for the war. Deise Danny organised hundreds of activist meetings and vowed diligently to avenge his untimely pardon.

One sunny day in June, after 14 pints of Hoffman's, Danny decided he was going to take a stand against his old employers. He knew that the British army tanks and jeeps ferried out of Waterford port on a regular basis.

Mr Suir stood on the toll bridge for 5 hours waiting for the daily military convoy to arrive.

At 5:47pm, 3 tanks came slowly over the toll bridge. Danny was determined to stand his ground. He stood tall as the people of Waterford watched on behind him.

Regrettably for Danny, a tank weighs 22 tonnes and is powered by a 3000 horse power engine, and on this particular day there were three of them. His 12 stone 7 pound body could not hold back the convoy and he was horribly squashed like a plum.


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