West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Sperrin Hikers remember the 25th anniversary of fallen comrades

Published: 3 September, 2013

Bronwyn Mc Gahan MLA at Stroanbrack Cairn in the Sperrin Mountains

Bronwyn Mc Gahan MLA at Stroanbrack Cairn in the Sperrin Mountains

Over 100 hikers braved the elements on Saturday to climb the Sperrin Mountains in a 'Walk of Freedom' to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Republican comrades who lost their lives in 1988. The hike was organised by the Tyrone SF Commemoration committee and was timed this year to coincide with a programme of events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Drumnakilly ambush. The route, which straddled the Tyrone/Derry border, crossed 9 mountains, including Sawel and Mullaghclogha which are the highest points in Counties Derry and Tyrone. One of those who took part was South Tyrone MLA, Bronwyn Mc Gahan. According to Bronwyn, 'From early morning, enthusiastic walkers descended on the rural hamlet of Aughabrack for registration and transport to the starting point near the village of Sperrin, located deep in the mountain range. Not only was there large numbers from Tyrone, but comrades joined us from South Armagh, Derry and from as far afield as Limerick and Clare. 'The walkers consisted of young, old, experienced and inexperienced but everyone did it at their own pace. Although we were physically challenged, when we seen the portrait of each volunteer at the summit, it put our own discomfort into perspective and inspired us to march on. 'The views from the top of the Sperrins are absolutely breathtaking and given the high altitude, we could see all around Tyrone, Derry and further afield. All of our comrades who died 25 years ago and indeed throughout the conflict were young, enthusiastic and had a love of our beautiful country. I therefore felt that this was a fitting way to remember them on their 25th anniversaries'.