28 May 1998 Edition

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Raymond McCreesh remembered

The 17th anniversary of the death of volunteer Raymond McCreesh who died on hunger strike was remembered in his home village of Camloch, South Armagh.

The weekend was dedicated to the memory of this valiant young man who died for his fellow prisoners and for his ultimate dream: Freedom.

A memorial function was held and the family and friends of Raymond attended to remember and pay tribute to his bravery and dedication. Special guest was Bik McFarlane, OC in Long Kesh at the time of the Hunger Strike. McFarlane spoke of his time as a political prisoner and described the time of the hunger strike as the `worst year of my life'. He spoke of how he met Raymond during a legal visit when he managed to get a few minutes alone to have a chat with him. He described Raymond as being `quiet yet fiery and had high standards for himself'.

The following evening an anniversary Mass was held followed by a gathering at the graveside where the crowd was addressed by the Sinn Fein Assembly candidate for the area Conor Murphy and also by Bik McFarlane. Wreaths were laid on behalf of SF Camloch, Bessbrook and Mullaghtown, Camloch Sinn Fein Youth, Oglaigh na hEireann and the McCreesh family. Afterwards everyone returned to the village for tea and sandwiches.

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