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14 May 1998 Edition

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Back issue: Loughgall Martyrs remembered

Last Sunday was a very special day in Tyrone. After a year of organisation and hard work by republicans in the county, with help and support from all over Ireland and beyond, Tyrone National Graves Association unveiled memorials to seven of the Loughgall Martyrs on the first anniversary of their deaths.

A memorial mass was said in County Monaghan, to coincide with the unveilings, in memory of Jim Lynagh, the eighth Volunteer killed in Loughgall, who is buried in Monaghan. The families of all the Volunteers played a big part in all the ceremonies.

The sad memories and the sense of loss of the Volunteers families, friends and comrades was coupled with a strong and palpable feeling of pride. The memorials unveiled last Sunday are symbols of the respect and love with which they are remembered.

The first of the morning ceremonies on Sunday took place in The Moy at the Republican memorial, which was rededicated and had Volunteer Padraig McKearney's name added, alongside that of his brother, Volunteer Sean McKearney and his comrade, Volunteer Eugene Martin. The regilded memorial was unveiled by Mrs Martin and Mrs McKearney and wreaths were laid on behalf of Oglaigh na hEireann, The National Graves Association, Sinn Fein and the families. Flowers were also laid on behalf of Tommy and Margaret McKearney, brother and sister of the dead Volunteers, and a message was also read on behalf of Tommy and Margaret. Stan Corrigan, a former POW, read the oration.

An Phoblacht 12 May 1988.

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