A native of Killanny, Co. Louth, Patrick Clinch joined the Irish Volunteers in 1914 whilst an emigrant in Liverpool. He subsequently moved to Dublin in 1916 and fought with the Kimmage Garrison in the GPO during the Easter Rising. He was wounded on Friday evening whilst taking part in The O’Rahilly’s charge down Moore Street, and surrendered the following day after taking shelter in nearby stables. After being interned in Stafford Jail and Frongoch prison camp, he was released in December 1916. Clinch returned to Killanny where he became involved in the local Volunteer movement before being appointed Staff Captain of the Meath Brigade. He participated in the War of Independence and took part in a sixteen day hunger-strike in Mountjoy Jail in March 1920. He later became involved in the republican police and courts and joined the Garda Síochána in 1923, serving with them until his retirement in 1944.
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