6 August 1998 Edition

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Fógraí bháis: Josie Donnelly

Lifelong North Louth Republican, Josie Donnelly, died aged 79 on 23 July after a long illness.

Josie joined the Republican Movement in the late 1930s. Over the years his home was an open house - Volunteers from every part of Ireland sampled his hospitality and were always welcome to stay as long as they wished. He was also an active Volunteer himself and took part in the three most recent campaigns to free Ireland until he fell ill some five years ago.

A quiet, unassuming man with a gentle, caring nature, Josie was a small farmer who worked his land in the Glenmore area. Anyone who ever met him was impressed by his sincerity and integrity.

There was a large attendence at the removal and funeral, which had full military honours, and Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams was among those in attendence. The oration was delivered by Arthur Morgan, who praised Josie's role and courage. He also slated those who had tried to isolate Josie and his family after the execution of the informer Thomas Oliver, ``To those who tried to discredit Josie and his cause, I say, you have failed. And in failing, thankfully, the shame is on you''.

Josie will be sadly missed by his family, friends and comrades, and by republicans everywhere. Sincere sympathy is extended on behalf of the Republican Movement.

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