West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Local Community to remember Kathleen O'Hagan

Published: 25 July, 2014

Sinn Féin has this week announced plans to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the murder of local Greencastle mother of five, Kathleen O'Hagan. Kathleen, who was seven months pregnant, was shot dead in front of her children by the UVF in her Co. Tyrone home on 7th August 1994. Kathleen's death is set to be commemorated by a Vigil, Memorial walk and graveside oration. An exhibition of newspaper cuttings from the time will also be on display.

The Sinn Féin Cumann in Greencastle and Gortin is named in honour of Kathleen and her husband, Paddy, who served a number of years as a political prisoner in Long Kesh, and it is they who are organising the events. Speaking on behalf of the Drumm/O'Hagan Sinn Féin Cumann spokesperson Mairead Brogan said:

"Kathleens murder 20 years ago shocked the local community and sent shockwaves throughout Ireland at its savagery and brutality. We in the local Sinn Féin cumann believe it is important to remember the life of Kathleen and keep her name alive, as it is in the local area. As we remember Kathleen we will also use the opportunity to remember her husband, Paddy and sons Thomas and Niall who have also died in more recent years.

Amongst the plans announced include a midnight vigil at the O'Hagan family homestead on the Barony road, known locally as the 'Cookstown line' on Wednesday 6th August. This will be addressed by local Sinn Féin councillor Sean Clarke. Plans also include a Memorial Walk on Friday 8th August at 7:30pm from the Greencastle Community Centre to Kathleens Graveside. There Sinn Féin MLA Bronwyn McGahan will address those gathered.