6 August 2009 Edition

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Pearse Column Commemorative Walk honours Brookeborough raiders

A GROUP of more than 70 republicans from all over Ireland gathered just outside Roslea at the weekend for the annual Pearse Column Walk that retraces the heroic escape across the mountains from Altawark in Fermanagh to Monaghan after the famous 1957 raid on Brookeborough RUC Barracks. Brookeborough was the raid in which Seán Sabhat and Feargal Ó hAnnluain lost their lives
Several of the original Volunteers from the 1957 raid took part as local Sinn Féin Councillor Brian McCaffrey welcomed the walkers at the Altawark Monument, reminding them:
“Like so much else in the struggle in this part of Ireland, the late Eugene Cosgrove was the driving force behind the Pearse Column Commemorative Walk.”
The walkers gathered in the evening in Derrygannon Hall where a fascinating exhibition of the events around the Brookeborough raid, including the lovingly-restored Bedford lorry, identical to the one used by the IRA on the raid, was on display.

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