20 August 2009 Edition

Newry hate crime condemned

20 August 2009

Sinn Féin MLA for Newry/Armagh, Mickey Brady has condemned those responsible for a racist attack which took place near Edward Street in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Free article

Mullingar comrades remembered

20 August 2009

"Going back through the decades there is a strong tradition of republicanism in Mullingar and the surrounding area. Jim and Ita Dalton were an integral part of that tradition." So said veteran republican Tommy McMahon as he addressed a large crowd at Walshestown Cemetery on August Bank Holiday Monday, where he unveiled a commemorative plaque to the 'two unyielding republicans'. Speaking of his first experience of republicanism in Mullingar, Tommy remembered, as a young man, being part of the guard of honour which escorted the bodies of IRA volunteers Peter Barnes and James McCormack to Ballyglass Cemetery for re-internment in July 1969. "Thousands gathered that day in Mullingar to pay their last farewell. I will never forget the reaction of the people of Mullingar as they broke into spontaneous applause as a mark of respect as the two coffins passed by." Free article

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Fógraí bháis: Gerard McKee

20 August 2009

THE death of Belfast republican GERARD McKEE took place on Thursday 16 July. Born in the Falls Road area in October 1957, Gerard grew up as the conflict in the North developed into the armed insurrection that saw the IRA challenge British rule in Ireland. Like so many people of his generation, Gerard rose to the challenge and took up arms against the British enemy and spent many years in prison as a result. Jim McGivern delivered the main oration at Gerard's graveside, an edited version which An Phoblacht carries here. Free article

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