10 September 2005

Derry and Antrim republican dead to be honoured

An Phoblacht

The new republican Garden of Remembrance at Gulladuff in County Derry will be the scene of a major historical commemorative event this coming Saturday (today) when plaques inscribed with the names of the republican dead from Counties Derry and Antrim will be unveiled.

According to Magherafelt Sinn Féin Councillor and former political prisoner Ian Milne, Saturday's commemoration will become an annual commemorative event.

Milne went on to explain that the new plaques in the Garden of Remembrance will have a full and comprehensive list of republican activists from the United Irishmen to the Fenians to Volunteers from the Tan War and Civil War and up to and including the fallen heroes of this current phase of Ireland's struggle for independence.

"Great strides have been made within Counties Derry and Antrim in recent times with the huge increase in the Sinn Féin vote in both counties. Coupled with this we have established a vibrant constituency service in Dunloy and built a magnificent new republican centre in South Derry. Activists have obtained all this as a direct result of the struggle and sacrifices made by republican activists and Volunteers over the generations," said Milne.

Calling for a large attendance at Saturday's unveiling, Milne said: "It is important that republicans from the Southeast Antrim and South Derry areas turn out in large numbers for this unveiling to show our political enemies that we are united and as purposeful as ever in our struggle to establish the independent Ireland so many died fighting for."

The commemoration parade will commence at St Mary's Church, Lavey at 7.45pm on Saturday 10 September and proceed to the Garden of Remembrance, Gulladuff. Refreshments will be served in the nearby Republican Centre.

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