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Sean Lynch addresses Loughmacrory commemoration

Published: 2 April, 2013

Some of those who attended the commemoration at the graveside of Vols Gerard and Martin Harte

Some of those who attended the commemoration at the graveside of Vols Gerard and Martin Harte

A crowd of several hundred people attended the annual Loughmacrory commemoration at the graveside of brothers Gerard and Martin Harte. Gerard and Martin were shot while on active service with their comrade Brian Mullin on Tuesday 30th August 1988.

The proceedings were chaired by West Tyrone MLA, Declan Mc Aleer, while Aoife Fitzgerald read the Easter Proclamation. During the commemoration, wreaths were laid by members of the Harte family and on behalf of the Republican Movement.

The main address was given by Fermanagh MLA and former POW, Sean Lynch. During his speech, Lynch spoke of the courage and dedication of Gerard and Martin and recalled his time in prison with many of the volunteers from Tyrone who gave their lives in the struggle for freedom.

The graveside proceedings were brought to a conclusion by Ríoghnach Mc Aleer who sang Amhran na bhFiann.