20 August 2005

Joe Cahill unveiling


Milltown dedication and new cumann in Antrim

This Sunday one of West Belfast’s most renowned sons will be commemorated at a ceremony at Milltown Cemetery.

Veteran republican Joe Cahill, who died last July after a long illness, will have a monument dedicated to him at his grave.

Speaking to the Andersonstown News yesterday Dickie Glenholmes from the National Graves Association said that former comrades of Joe Cahill and his family came together to erect a tribute in his honour.

“A Celtic cross will be erected over Joe’s grave,” revealed Dickie.

“We are asking people to gather at the gates of Milltown at one o’clock where a guard of honour from the Roddy’s, led by a lone piper, will make their way to the unveiling at Joe’s grave.”

The tribute comes a week after a new Sinn Féin cumann in Ballycastle officially adopted their new name – that of noted republican and architect of the peace process, Joe Cahill. A generous donation has ensured the commissioning of a Joe Cahill cumann banner, which will be dedicated at a later date.

Guest speaker Martina Anderson, member of Sinn Féin Ard Chomhairle, paid tribute to the outstanding work and commitment that saw the success of the Joe Cahill Cumann members in helping two Sinn Féin councillors, Cara McShane and Cathal Newcombe, win seats on Moyle District Council in Ballycastle town for the first time. This is just part of the republicans’ success story in the area as Moyle presently has its first Sinn Féin Chairman, Oliver McMullan, and in north Antrim the party secured eight seats, an increase of 300 per cent.

The family of Joe Cahill, including his wife Annie, travelled to Ballycastle to be part of the celebrations along with a number of Joe’s comrades including Des Kennedy, Dickie Glenholmes and Marie Moore. Paddy Dolan from NORAID also attended the function and family friend Frances Black sang a number of favourite songs. Jim McVeigh spoke of the esteem in which he held Joe and his gratitude to him for the invaluable assistance he gave him in the writing of his book, Tom Williams.

Paul O’Hara delivered a presentation of Joe Cahill’s nostalgic lecture at the Céad Bliain dinner held in Dublin shortly before his death.

Moyle councillor Cathal Newcombe was delighted at the success of the night. “Thanks must go to the generosity of the people of the town who made donations and all those involved who ensured that the night would long be remembered.”

Journalist:: Staff Reporter

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