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Ó Caoláin set to address Tyrone Volunteers Day

Published: 2 September, 2015

Pomeroy is set to play host to the annual Tyrone Volunteers Commemoration which will take place this Sunday (6th September). Organised by the Tyrone Sinn Féin Commemoration Committee, in conjunction with the local Sinn Féin cumann in Pomeroy, Tyrone Volunteers Day is held in memory of the 56 volunteers of the IRA's Tyrone Brigade and 3 Sinn Féin activists who lost their lives during the conflict and are listed on the Republican Roll of Honour.

The commemorative event will include a parade in Pomeroy on Sunday evening kicking off at 6pm. It will proceed from the Cavanakeeran Road and make its way to the Republican monument on Lucy Street. Main Speaker for the event has been confirmed as Sinn Féin T.D. for Cavan and Monaghan Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin.

Speaking earlier this week local Councillor Cathal Mallaghan, who is set to chair Sundays event said:

"We are proud to host this year's Volunteers Day in Pomeroy. Indeed in this very area where three IRA Volunteers were killed in action in the most recent phase of the conflict including Dan McAnallen and Patsy Quinn in 1973 and local man Seamus Woods in 1988. We as Republicans will be very aware of that as we gather on Sunday.

"Tyrone Volunteers Day is an annual occasion for Republicans across the county to come together to remember the men and women who died in the cause of Irish Freedom. In addition to remembering those who have died as a result of the conflict we also extend our ongoing support and sympathies to the families of our patriot dead.

"Whilst the methods of struggle have changed over time, the ultimate objective of achieving Irish Freedom and independence remains the priority for Irish Republicans. Next year's centenary celebrations of 1916 are already focussing minds locally and challenging Irish Republicans to pay a fitting tribute to those who gave their lives in 1916. It would be our view that the most fitting tribute to those men and women of 1916 would be to continue the struggle for which they and countless others in following generations gave their lives, that is the achievement of an Irish Republic, free from British interference.

"Finally we would like to invite local people to join with us on Sunday in Pomeroy, and to take part in the commemoration which begins at 6pm.