24 August 2006 Edition

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Clones tragedy remembered 84 years on

Fermanagh IRA leader Commandant Matt Fitzpatrick was remembered last Sunday, 84 years after his death. Friends and family members gathered for a short ceremony at his grave after a memorial mass at Drumalee, Belturbet, County Cavan where Matt was buried 84 years ago.

Matt Fitzpatrick was killed while confronting crown forces boarding the Enniskillen-bound train in Clones railway station.

His nephew Richard chaired the commemoration proceedings, which heard of the circumstances of his death. This was followed by a reading of the Proclamation of the Republic. A lament was played by a lone piper.

Among those who gathered at the graveside was Clones native and Monaghan Sinn Féin Councillor Pat Treanor.

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