9 July 2009 Edition

Fógraí bháis: Jim Kyle

9 July 2009

AT the graveside oration to Derry republican Jim Kyle, Sinn Féin Cllr Tony Hassan said that Jim was a great inspiration to young republicans in Derry City and in particular to the people of Shantallow. Jim, who died this week at the age of 74, would always be remembered for the hard work and dedication that he gave to the republican cause. The numbers of people at Jim's funeral was a tribute to a man who led from the front and nurtured many of today's republicans. Jim was very much seen as an 'old hand' back in the early 1970s and he was the man that the people of Shantallow went to for advice and guidance. Free article

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Fógraí bháis: Jim Irvine

9 July 2009

A GREAT and committed Irish republican and an honourable, cheerful gentleman, Jim Irvine, has passed away in Australia and left us very much the poorer. A native of Belfast with a brother and sister still living there, Jimmy migrated to Adelaide where he and Rita, his supportive wife, had five children and nine grandchildren. I first met Jim when I decided to join one of the two H-Block committees supporting the Hunger Strikers. I was impressed then by his fair-mindedness and his commitment to the cause. He rarely, if at all, missed a protest action outside the British Airways office in central Adelaide or in Rundle Mall (Adelaide did not rank British consular status). Free article


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