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Campbell delivers Easter message at Tattyreagh ceremony
Published: 2 April, 2013
Republicans Gathered at Tattyreagh Cross Roads on Easter Sunday evening for the Annual Easter Commemoration. Proceedings were chaired by Chairman of Patrick Carty Cumann, Dominic Darcy.
Proceedings began with the reciting of the Easter Proclamation by Fergal Darcy. The Tyrone Roll of Honour was then read by Rosie Darcy, before Mickey Darcy laid a wreath on behalf of the Republican Movement.
A short address was then given by Pat Darcy who spoke of the success of Sinn Fein in the 6 and 26 counties and the need for Republicans to build on this success as we progress towards a United Ireland.
The main address was given by West Tyrone Sinn Fein Councillor Glenn Campbell. Cllr Campbell said that the 97th Anniversary of the Easter Rising was an opportunity for Republicans to "reflect on the past, take stock of the present, an plan for the future and further progression towards a new Ireland of Equals".
Referring to the Tyrone Roll of Honour, Cllr Campbell said that the republican family in Tyrone had "paid an immeasurable price in the struggle for Irish Freedom."
Extending solidarity to the family, friends and former comrades of those who gave their lives in the struggle, Cllr Campbell said,
'We continue to be inspired by our Patriot Dead in County Tyrone, who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Struggle for Irish Freedom. We are inspired by their courage, selfless determination and sacrifice. It was their courage that created the political context we have today."
Speaking of the need to realise their vision and that of the signatories to the 1916 proclamation, Cllr Campbell said,
"We are indebted to the men and women who died for Irish Freedom. Their vision, and that of the leaders of the Easter Rising, has yet to be realized. We must ensure that we deliver the United Ireland that they fought relentlessly to achieve".
Cllr Campbell spoke of the 1916 proclamation, stating that its principles were as relevant today as they ever were.
"The government in the 26 counties paid little heed to such principles. That is why we are in the mess we are in today, with power handed to Germany and the IMF - this bears no resemblance to the Ireland envisaged in the Proclamation. They have abandoned the Irish People."
Calling on local Republicans to remain focused and to re-dedicate themselves to achieving Irish Unity, Cllr Campbell said,
"In the year ahead we must redouble our efforts to realize the vision of the 1916 leaders. We must remain united and focused, if we are to make their vision a reality".
The main address was followed by a decade of the rosary in Irish by Jim Darcy, before Rosie Darcy played Amhrán na bhFiann on the tin whistle.
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