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Sean Lynch to address Loughmacrory Easter commemoration

Published: 26 March, 2013

Fermanagh MLA and former Republican Prisoner Sean Lynch has been confirmed as the main speaker at this year's annual commemoration at the graveside of Vols. Gerard and Martin Harte in Loughmacrory on Easter Sunday.

Speaking ahead of the commemoration, which takes place at 12.15pm Mr Lynch said 'I am privileged to have been asked by the Milligan/Harte Cumann to speak at the graveside of Vols. Gerard and Martin who were killed in action along with Vol. Brian Mullin on 30th August 1988.

'I was in Long Kesh at the time of the killings at Drumnakilly and was still recuperating from injuries received at the hands of the SAS where my comrade Seamus Mc Elwaine was sadly killed. I can vividly recall an abiding sense of sadness and solidarity going through the cells and wings of the H Blocks that Tuesday afternoon.

'Gerard, Martin and Brian were dedicated Republicans, devoted family men and were extremely popular in the communities of Loughmacrory and Foremass from where they hailed.

'Like the volunteers of 1916, they fought for the freedom of their country and paid the ultimate sacrifice in laying down their lives for the cause. The courage of Gerard, Martin, Brian and all of those who have played their part in the fight for freedom is an inspiration to us all to continue that struggle until we reach our objective of a free and independent Ireland'.