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Republican dead remembered at Brocagh ceremony
Published: 2 April, 2013
Cathal Og Donnelly
On Easter Sunday a crowd gathered in Brocagh graveyard to remember Volunteers William Price, Sean Campbell and Patrick McNally and to commemorate the 97th anniversary of the Easter Rising.
Wreaths were laid on the graves of each of the volunteers on behalf of the East Tyrone Republican Movement and wreaths were laid on the Republican plot on behalf of Coalisland & Clonoe Martyrs Sinn Fein Cumann and Coalisland & Clonoe Ex-Prisoners Association.
The proceedings were chaired by Cathal Og Donnelly, a member of Sinn Fein Youth.
The main oration was given by Francie Molloy the newly elected MP for Mid-Ulster. Francie began by offering the sympathy and solidarity of the Republican movement to the families of the volunteers and went onto welcome the Price and Campbell families to the commemoration.
He then went onto speak about the deep sadness at the death of Volunteer William Price who was a dedicated freedom fighter shot dead by British armed forces on the anniversary of the death of Martin Hurson.
Francie then spoke of his friend Volunteer Sean Campbell who suffered terrible treatment at the hands of the British in English gaols but went onto show great courage and dedication by continuing to be part of the struggle throughout this time and upon his release again became active in Republican politics going onto be elected as a Sinn Fein Councillor.
Proceedings were brought to a close by Nuala Donnelly singing Amhran na bhfiann.
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