Lynch addresses Castlederg Easter Commemoration
Published: 9 April, 2012
A strong crowd of local Republicans from the Aghyaran and Castlederg area assembled in Spring sunshine at 11am in Aghyaran graveyard on Easter Sunday for the annual commemoration of the 1916 Rising.
The crowd assembled at the graveside of Volunteer Seamus Harvey alongside members of the Harvey family for the ceremony. Vol Seamus Harvey was killed on active service along with fellow Volunteer Gerard Mc Glynn in 1973.
The Ceremony was chaired by Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairi Mc Hugh who welcomed everyone to the 96th anniversary Easter rising commemoration and said how it was such 'an honour to stand in solidarity with members of the Harvey Family'.
Local Sinn Féin activist Grace Lynch then read out the 1916 proclamation. This was followed by a reading of the Tyrone Roll of Honour and Remembrance by life-long Republican Hilary McHugh.
Wreaths were then laid on the late Volunteers grave by members of Aghyaran/Castlederg Sinn Féin.
A minute's silence was then observed in memory of all those who had gave their lives in the struggle for Irish Freedom, the National flag was also lowered at this time. There then followed a decade of the rosary as Gaeilge.
Fermanagh/ South Tyrone MLA and ex-POW Séan Lynch gave the main oration on the day and he spoke of the 'unfinished business of achieving the attainable goal of the reunification of our country, for which Seamus and others had paid the ultimate sacrifice'.
Addressing the crowd Sean emphasised the Sinn Féin message, 'Sinn Féin is different from other political parties and is proud of that fact and determined to remain so. For us politics is not just about winning seats or achieving ministerial posts. Sinn Féin is a party born in struggle with our membership and elected representatives coming from the communities most under the strain of political and economic exclusion North and South. That understanding and connection with our community is the bedrock of our struggle.
I urge each and every one of you to be part of that movement for real change in our country. Play your part, have your say, empower yourself and your community. Encourage your friends and family to join Sinn Féin. We need a mighty movement across this land to reach our goal of freedom and unity, of which Castlederg Volunteers Seamus Harvey, Gerard McGlynn and Josie Connolly gave their lives for.'Concluding the ceremony Councillor Mc Hugh thanked all those for attending and taking part in the commemoration before local musicians brought ceremonies to an end with the playing of Amhran na bhfiann.