West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Derg, Aghyaran and Strabane remembers Republican dead

Published: 2 April, 2013

Commemoration in Aghyaran

Commemoration in Aghyaran


A strong crowd of Republicans from the Aghyaran and Castlederg area assembled at the graveside of Volunteer Seamus Harvey alongside members of the Harvey family on Easter Sunday for the annual commemoration of the 1916 Rising. Volunteer Seamus Harvey was killed on active service along with fellow Volunteer Gerard McGlynn in 1973.

West Tyrone MLA Michaela Boyle gave the main oration on the day and paid a fitting tribute to all those locally who have given their lives in the cause for Irish freedom.

Addressing the crowd Michaela emphasised the Sinn Féin message:

"Sinn Féin are not motivated by self-interest or personal gain. We have set ourselves high standards and even bigger goals - but we are determined and we are united. This generation of Irish republicans have made huge progress. The Orange state is gone. We are moving on. This journey has only one end point, there is only one destination. We will not be broken, we will not give in, and we will not give up until we have delivered the republic. 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.

Derg Councillor Kieran McGuire concluded the ceremony by stating;

"This year marks the 40th anniversary of Derg Volunteers Seamus Harvey and Gerard McGlynn. Sinn Féin in the area will be working tirelessly in the months ahead to mark this significant anniversary. We would urge you all to become involved and work with us in organising these commemorative events in their memory. We would like to thank all who took part and attended our commemorative events over the Easter period and for your continued support throughout the year. The republic is our destination - join Sinn Féin on that Journey."


Hundreds of West Tyrone Republicans attended this year's Easter commemoration at Strabane cemetery. The colour party of Strabane flute band led people to the cemetery where
Cllr Brian Mc Mahon chaired the proceedings. Cllr Karina Carlin delivered a moving and inspiring address.