21 August 2008 Edition

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Weekend of events to mark Drumnakilly ambush

Volunteers Martin Harte and Gerard Mullin

Volunteers Martin Harte and Gerard Mullin

REPUBLICANS from throughout Ireland will converge in the village of Loughmacrory and in the townland of Foremass, Sixmilecross next weekend to take part in a series of events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the deaths of IRA volunteers Gerard and Martin Harte and Brian Mullin.  
The IRA Volunteers were killed as they travelled in a commandeered car while on active service in the small townland of Cloughfin, Drumnakilly on Tuesday, 30t August 1988.
The weekend of events will include an exhibition, in the recently opened Loughmacrory clubrooms, of photos and memorabilia reflecting on the lives of Brian, Gerard and Martin.  
A memorial stone dedicated to Brian will be unveiled at his family home in Foremass on Friday evening at 7pm and this will be followed at 9pm by a memorial lecture in Loughmacrory GFC Clubrooms.  This will be delivered by Cavan/Monaghan TD, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin.   
The memorial lecture will also incorporate the story of the 1983 escape from Long Kesh, told by escapees Seamus Campbell and Joe Corey.
The annual Under 12 football tournament will take place in Loughmacrory on Saturday morning followed by a parade at 4pm.  This will be followed by the opening of a new memorial garden in the village.  Martin Ferris TD from Kerry will deliver the main oration.  
Saturday evening will conclude with a 20th anniversary mass and an Irish Night in Loughmacrory clubrooms with music from local artists and Gerry Cunningham.  
On Sunday, a 20th anniversary Mass will be held for Brian in Dunmoyle.
The weekend of events have been organised by the Drumnakilly Martyrs Commemoration Committee, in partnership with the families of the three volunteers.

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