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Hurson memorial band members take part in Killyclogher commemoration
Published: 2 April, 2013
Neshey Harte, brother of Vols Gerard and Martin Harte reads the Tyrone Roll of Honour at the graveside of Charlie Ferris
Approximately 60 people attended the Easter Commemoration at the graveside of veteran Republican, Charlie Ferris in Killyclogher graveyard on Saturday evening. West Tyrone MLA, Declan Mc Aleer chaired the proceedings.
During his address, Declan reflected on Charlie's lifelong participation in the struggle from first volunteering in 1936 and remaining faithful until his death in 2005.
Cllr Sorcha Mc Anespy read the Easter Proclamation, while Neshey Harte, brother of Vols. Gerard and Martin Harte called out the Tyrone Roll of Honour, accompanied on the flute by a member of the Martin Hurson Memorial Flute band which Charlie Ferris helped to form.
Don Murray, brother of Vol. Kevin Murray laid a wreath on behalf of the Murray/Mc Aleer SF Cumann during the commemoration.
Following the commemoration, the assembled crowd moved to the graveside of poet, playwright and Republican, Alice Milligan in the Old Drumragh graveyard. The Cathaoirleach of the Milligan/Harte Sinn Féin Cumann, Sean Donnelly, chaired the commemoration.
During his address, Donnelly quoted on the recent book written by Prof Catherine Morris on the life of Ms. Milligan and reflected on the fact that she was born into the Unionist tradition but became a strong advocate for Irish Republicanism.
Sinn Féin Councillor, Sorcha Mc Anespy read the 1916 Proclamation, while Seamus Gates laid a wreath on behalf of the Milligan/Harte Cumann.
Charlie's daughter, Nancy recited a decade of the Rosary while Ríoghnach Mc Aleer brought the proceedings to a close by singing Amhran Na bhFiann.
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