West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Republicans gather in Castlederg for Tyrone Volunteers Day

Published: 12 August, 2013

Hundreds of Republicans gathered this weekend in Castlederg for the annual Tyrone Volunteers Day commemoration, which coincided with the 40th anniversary of local Volunteers Seamus Harvey and Gerard McGlynn.

Tyrone Volunteers day is an opportunity for republicans to come together to commemorate all of the people from Tyrone who have given their lives in the struggle for Irish freedom. It had added significance this year as it was held outside of Galbally for the first time.

The main address on the day was given by prominent republican Gerry Kelly. Speaking of the unionist/loyalist opposition to the commemoration Gerry Kelly stated, "Terrible suffering was inflicted on all sides - by all sides. But let us not countenance a hierarchy of victims which would discriminate against Republicans and Nationalists not just in life, but in death also."

Proceedings on the day were chaired by local councillor Ruairi McHugh. Speaking after the commemoration he said, "We, in Castlederg, were absolutely delighted to host this year's Tyrone Volunteers Day in memory of our many friends and comrades from Tyrone who laid down their lives during the most recent phase of the struggle for Irish freedom. A fitting tribute has also paid to them with the unveiling of a Republican monument funded and built by the people of Castlederg.

Over the past number of weeks, Sinn Féin has made every effort to defuse the contentious scenario which was whipped up by unionist politicians. The peaceful and dignified manner in which the commemoration passed off is a result of strong leadership shown by republicans. We must continue to show political leadership and move forward with confidence in ourselves and in the communities who support us."

The Harvey-McGlynn-Connolly-McHugh Sinn Féin Cumann in Castlederg would like to thank everyone who attended and played a part in the commemoration.