3 December 1998 Edition

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Jim McGinn remembered

Tuesday 15 December marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Staff Captain Jim McGinn, Oglaigh na hEireann at Clady Bridge, on the Tyrone-Donegal border. A number of events have been organised to commemorate his role in the struggle.

Jim and three comrades were preparing to carry out an attack on the crown forces. As they walked across the bridge the bomb they were carrying exploded prematurely, killing Jim instantly and injuring his three comrades, one seriously.

Jim was only twenty years of age and a great sorrow enveloped his native Strabane as news of his death spread. Black flags appeared on houses throughout the town and this sombre mood prevailed throughout the Christmas period.

Jim had joined the republican movement shortly after internment and was forced to go ``on the run'' following an operation in early 1972.

Jim was renowned for his humour and friendly nature and he had a deep love of his native culture, reflected in his involvement with An Comhaltas. Jim's intensive study of the writings of James Connolly made a deep impression on him and fuelled his desire to achieve social and economic justice for all and the clear understanding that this could only be achieved through the removal of divisive British rule.

Clár na n-ímeachtaí

Thursday 10 December: Launch of memorial tribute to Jim McGinn and quiz i gCumann Mhic Shíogáir, 9pm. Proceeds to go to the National Graves Association.

Friday 11 December: Jim McGinn Commemorative Exhibition, Strabane Ex-Prisoners Centre, Bridge Street, 12pm-9pm. Refreshments provided.

Saturday 12 December: Gaelic football match. Assemble at Páirc Mhic Shíogháir, 1.30pm. Followed by reunion and get-together i gCumann Mhic Shíoghair. Craic agus ceol provided by Terry Boyle, 5pm-7pm.

Sunday 13 December: 25th Anniversary Commemoration at Clady Bridge 3pm. Buses leave Head of the Town and Bridge Street at 2.30pm

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