24 July 2008 Edition

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Scottish support for united Ireland

AROUND 4,000 people took to the streets of Coatbridge in Scotland to show their support for a united Ireland on Saturday 19 July. The parade, organised by Cairde na hÉireann, set off from Coats Street in the town with six flute bands and many cumainn in attendance including the Volunteer Ed O’Brien Republican Flute Band and Sinn Féin cumainn from County Wexford.
The march ended with a rally at Langloan, which had been decorated with bunting and hundreds of Tricolours and flags bearing the legen ‘Erin Go Brágh’.
Sinn Féin’s Joe Austin addressed the crowd with a speech about how Scotland has always shown great support and encouraged people to continue with that by joining Cairde na hÉireann.
Franny McAdam, the National Organiser, said “I was really pleased with how the march went and would like to thank all the people who helped make it such a big success and Sinn Féin for their help and support throughout the preparation.  This annual event continues to grow every year.

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