13 February 2017 Edition
Raymond Casey, Béal Átha na Sluaighe, Gaillimhe
The Hunger Strikes had a profound effect on Ray and he never missed the annual vigil in Ballinasloe on 5 May
RAY became engaged in the republican struggle at the height of the civil rights movement in the Six Counties when persecution of nationalist communities culminated in atrocities such as the murder of civilians on Bloody Sunday in Derry.
The Hunger Strikes had a profound effect on Ray and he never missed the annual vigil in Ballinasloe on 5 May. He was always active in the Volunteer McCann Cumann of Sinn Féin in Ballinasloe, County Galway, and was ever-present in canvassing during election times.
Ray was very active in the Right2Water campaign locally in east Galway and attended all the large marches in Dublin and was central in the local march in Ballinasloe.
A stonemason by trade, much of Ray’s work can be seen across Ballinasloe and further afield. Ray was also a keen fisherman and caught many a monster pike on the River Suck as well as playing an active role in the local fishing club.
Ray Casey was a true republican, friend and comrade. The community in Ballinasloe has lost one of its favourite sons. Witty, friendly, kind, trustworthy, a family man, a straight talker and particularly generous in giving his time to help advise others are some of the traits that sum up Ray’s character.
Ray was very proud of Sinn Féin’s growth both locally and nationally in recent years and was an ardent supporter of the Good Friday Agreement. The Volunteer McCann Cumann and the Sinn Féin party offers its deepest condolences to the Casey family.