18 March 2004 Edition

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I nDíl Chuimhne

Mar. 15th 1974: Vol Kevin Murray, Tyrone Brigade; Mar. 15th 1974: Vol Patrick McDonald, Tyrone Brigade; Mar. 16th 1988: Vol Caoimhín Mac Brádaigh, Belfast Brigade, 1st Batt; Mar. 17th 1975: Vol Thomas Smith, Portlaoise. "We must take no steps backward, our steps must be onward, for if we don't, the martyrs who died for you, for me, for this country will haunt us for eternity." - Maire Drumm. Remembered with love and pride by their many friends and comrades in the Republican Movement.

BRADY, Kevin (16th Ann) In proud and loving memory of IRA Volunteer Kevin Brady, killed defending his people, along with John Murray and Thomas McErlean, on the day that we buried Mairéad, Dan and Seán. Sixteen years, Kevin. It's hard to believe. Rest in peace. Your friend and comrade, Danny Morrison.

DOODY, Peter (1st Ann) In proud and loving memory of Peter Doody, who died on 10 March 2003. Rest in peace. Joan and Rachel.

DOODY, Peter (1st Ann). Deepest sympathy to the Doody family on the first anniversary of their son's death. From Séamus Gibson and family.

DOODY, Peter (1st Ann) Deepest sympathy to the Doody family on the first anniversary of their son's death. Rest in peace. The Drumcondra H Block Hunger Strike Committee.

MAC BRÁDAIGH, Caoimhín (16th Ann). I gcuimhne bás Óglach Caoimhín Mac Brádaigh, a fuair bás i reilig Milltown ar 16 Márta 1988 ag cosaint ár cuid daoine. Ó Cumann Niall Plunkett Ó Baoill, Tír Chonaill.

DOODY (1st Ann). Deepest sympathy to the Doody family on the first anniversary of their son's death. From Séamus Gibson and family.

FARRELL, Mairéad; McCANN, Daniel; SAVAGE, Seán (16th Ann). In proud and loving memory of Volunteer Mairéad Farrell, Daniel McCann and Seán Savage, who were murdered by the SAS on 6 March 1988. Always remembered by David and Mary Shanahan, Waterford.

McCRACKEN, Kevin. (16th Ann). In proud and loving memory of my dear friend Volunteer Kevin McCracken who was killed on active service 14 March 1988. RIP. St Martin pray for him and all his comrades who give all for Ireland in this hard struggle. When I hear your name or others I feel proud to know you were my friend. Sadly missed always by Mano, Tina and family.

McCRACKEN, Kevin. (16th Ann). In proud and loving memory of Volunteer Kevin McCracken who was killed on active service 14 March 1988. "The road to freedom is paved with suffering, hardships and torture, carry on my brave comrades until that certain day." - Tom Williams. Always remembered by Upper Springfield, Sinn Féin.

McCRACKEN, Kevin. (16th Ann). In proud and loving memory of my friend Volunteer Kevin McCracken who was killed on active service 14 March 1988. I measc laochra na nGael a bhfuil sé. Always remembered by Deirdre Lennon.

McDONALD, Patrick (30th Ann). In proud and loving memory of my dear brother and uncle Patrick, who died on 15th March 1974 while on active service with the East Tyrone Brigade, Óglaigh na hÉireann. A gentle smile, a happy face; Someone special we can't replace. Always loved and remembered with pride by your loving mother.

McDONALD, Patrick (30th Ann). In proud and loving memory of my dear brother and uncle Patrick, who died on 15th March 1974 while on active service with the East Tyrone Brigade, Óglaigh na hÉireann. He lived the way he wanted to; In action against the British foe. He lived and died to serve the IRA. Always loved and remembered by your loving sister Bernadette, niece Charlene, nephews Seán Óg, Daniel and Kevin Barry.

McDONALD, Patrick (30th Ann). In proud and loving memory of Volunteer Patrick McDonald, who died on 15th March 1974 while on active service with the East Tyrone Brigade, Óglaigh na hÉireann. Always remembered with love and pride by the Murray family.

McDONALD, Patrick (30th Ann). In proud and loving memory of Volunteer Patrick McDonald, who died on 15th March 1974 while on active service with the East Tyrone Brigade, Óglaigh na hÉireann. Always remembered with love and pride by the Dungannon Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann; the Coalisland Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann; the Clonoe Martyrs Sinn Féin Cumann; the Jim Lynagh Sinn Féin Cumann, Clogher; the Martin Hurson/Fergal O'Hanlon Sinn Féin Cumann, Galbally; the Tony Gormley Sinn Féin Cumann, Kileeshil; the South Tyrone Sinn Féin Comhairle Ceantair.

MURRAY, Kevin (30th Ann). In proud and loving memory of Volunteer Kevin Murray, who died on 15 March 1974. Always remembered with love and pride by his son Kevin, daughters Helen and Edel, mother Elizabeth, brothers, sisters and grandchildren.

MURRAY, Kevin; MARTIN, Eugene (30th Ann). In proud and loving memory of Volunteers Kevin Murray and Eugene Martin, who died on 15 March 1974. Remembered always by West Tyrone Ogra SF.

O'SHEA, Maire (9th Ann). In memory of Dr Maire O'Shea, a socialist republican forever. From David and Mary Shanahan, Waterford.

ROGERS, Keith (1st Ann). In proud and loving memory of Volunteer Keith Rogers, brutally murdered by criminal elements on 12 March 2003. Always remembered by the republican prisoners in Castlerea.

ROGERS, Keith (1st Ann). In proud and loving memory of Volunteer Keith Rogers, brutally murdered by criminal elements on 12 March 2003. Always remembered by Cork Sinn Féin.

SMITH, Thomas (29th Ann). In proud and loving memory of Volunteer Tom Smith, Dublin Brigade, IRA, shot dead whilst escaping from Portlaoise on St Patrick's Day 1975. Always remembered by their friends and comrades in Dublin Brigade, Oglaigh na hÉireann; By Sinn Féin Átha Cliath; By the Smith/Harford/Doherty RFB, Dublin.

SMITH, Thomas (29th Ann). In proud and loving memory of Volunteer Tom Smith, Dublin Brigade, IRA, shot dead whilst escaping from Portlaoise on St Patrick's Day 1975. Always remembered by the republican prisoners in Castlerea.

SMITH, Thomas (29th Ann). In proud and loving memory of Volunteer Tom Smith, Dublin Brigade, IRA, shot dead whilst escaping from Portlaoise on St Patrick's Day 1975. Always remembered by Cork Sinn Féin.

Comhbhrón

MAGUIRE. Deepest sympathy is extended to Mark on the death of his beloved grandmother. From his colleagues in the Belfast Sinn Féin press centre.

MAGUIRE. Deepest sympathy is extended to Mark on the death of his beloved grandmother. From his colleagues in the Sinn Féin headquarters, Sevastapol Street, Belfast.

SHANNON, Geordie died 14 March 2004. Loving husband of Mary and daddy of our friends Eileen, Mary, Pat, Margaret, Liam, Mickey and Brendy. Will be sadly missed and always remembered by the McArdle family.

Buíochas

THE Vols Smith/Harford/ Doherty RFB, Dublin wish to thank the Hugh Hehir/Lisa Bell RFB for their recent support and assistance.

THANK YOU to Bjorn and the Irish Republican Solidarity Group, Germany, Irland initiative, Heidelberg, especially Dermot, TOM, Connolly Association, Northhampton, four Provinces Bookshop, Antifa, Hannover, Heiko, Sven, Ralph, Oliver and all the St Pauli Bhoys, Uschi, Jutta, Steffan, Paul Larkin, Gerry, Kim for the books, Ann and the Coiste staff for their support, Stevie and Jon from the TAL fanzine, James and Rosemarie, Skeet, Gareth, Andrea, Dundalk, Jimmy F, Mike Duffy in the States, Cleary's CSC, Dublin for their kind gift, Shebeen, Gary Og, Podgie, Wee Bail and all the RFBs in Glasgow, the Govan Bhoys. Finally Patch for all his help and support and Conair. Dixie, Celle, Germany.

Beannachtaí

Birthday memories of a dear brother Volunteer Patrick Kelly, whose birthday occurs on March 19. Always remembered by your sister Paula, Barry, Niamh, Bláthnaid and Patrick.

Ally Eastwood

It was a sad day for republicans when we learned of the death of our friend and comrade Ally Eastwood. He will be sorely missed not only by his wife Briege, daughter Marguerite, sons Patrick, Michael, Brendan and his immediate family, but also by the whole republican family.

I first met Ally in the early 1970s at the Easter parade in Beechmount Avenue. He was with his close friends John (Monty) Montgomery and Gerry Twomey. That was the beginning of a friendship that grew in mysterious ways.

I was a young lad then and proud to be in the company of these oul hands who, after the commemoration, invited me to St Paul's.

Ally was generous to everyone he knew, especially to those many republican activists that passed through his and Briege's home. Their door was open to everyone. With Ally it was a case of 'what you see is what you get'. He was straight and up-front with his opinions on matters concerning not only his family but also the fight for Irish freedom.

From the early 1960s, Ally was involved in the Republican Movement and lived in Fallswater Drive off the Falls Road. He was, along with his lifelong friends Monty, Gerry Twomey, Greta Reel, Joe McKenna, Ken Smith and Billy Taylor, a founder member of the Gerard 0'Callaghan Sinn Féin Cumann.

The cumann later became the Albert Kavanagh/Gerard O'Callaghan Sinn Féin Cumann after the death of Volunteer Albert Kavanagh, who was shot dead by the RUC.

Ally is the last of that team to pass away. He was an active member of Sinn Féin and along with the rest organised many a function and attended many a protest to highlight the plight of POWs, whether they were interned, on the Blanket in the H-Block or among the women prisoners held in Armagh Jail. You name it, Ally gave 110%.

At a time when the guerrilla war against the British occupation of our country was at its height and the republican/nationalist community was under attack from the RUC and their cohorts in the unionist death squads, no one was ever turned away from Ally's home. They were given food and a bed if they needed it.

Ally, whose home had been raided by the British Army and RUC along with many other republican homes, was not deterred from helping the struggle in whatever way he could.

Ally and Briege moved to Andersonstown Crescent eleven years ago, where he became a member of the Lower Andersonstown Sinn Féin Cumann and again, no task was too big or too small for Ally to do. Whether it was handing out leaflets or canvassing, Ally was always there.

Even when he became ill and was wheelchair-bound Ally was still threatening to go out to help in the local elections. He is a shining example of a true republican

He is a great loss to all his comrades in the Lower Andersonstown Cumann and also the residents of his estate, where he was a member of the residents association.

His heart, however, was in Beechmount and last year the Beechmount and Iveagh Commemoration Committee, in recognition of his tireless work, presented him with a plaque.

Ally would go the extra mile because he was committed to the ideals and political objectives that he had striven for all his adult life; the establishment of a united Ireland where fairness, equality and justice would be the living reality for all.

That is what motivated Ally Eastwood. It will continue to motivate and influence our approach in the time ahead as we attempt to secure our objectives.

To Briege and the family, I would again offer sincerest condolences and say 'thank you' for your unselfish sacrifices over the years.

Ally was a dedicated and sincere republican and I dare say that when Ally goes into 'the great Hynes Bar in the sky', his old friend Monty, who passed away in 1992, will be there to greet him and the yarns and conversations will take place once again. Slán Ally. Go raibh maith agat.

I measc laochra na hÉirinn go raibh sé.

BY SEANDO MOORE

Volunteer Mick Murray

5th anniversary commemoration

On Sunday 7 March, family, friends and comrades of the late Mick Murray gathered to pay their tributes to him at his last resting place, close to the little village of Clonmellon in county Westmeath.

Mick dedicated his life to the cause of Irish freedom and many of his friends blame his untimely death at 63 years of age on his long incarceration in British jails, which undoubtedly took its toll. After Mick returned home he continued to unselfishly give his support and commitment to the struggle, even though his health was deteriorating. For many years he distributed this very paper.

Mick spent the greater part of his life in Donnycarney and in recognition of his contribution to the republican struggle the Sinn Féin cumann in Dublin North Central proudly carries his name.

Sunday's commemoration was led by a full colour party and piper. Sinn Féin local election candidate Peter Lawlor, standing in the Clontarf Ward, gave a speech at the graveside, where he paid tribute to Mick's lifelong republican activism and called on all republicans to redouble their efforts for the upcoming EU and local elections.


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