Published Date: 29 June 2010
A large crowd took part in the annual commemoration march on Sunday to remember IRA members from Derry who died during the Troubles.
The march took place from the Creggan Shops to the republican plot in the City Cemetery where former mayor of Derry, councillor Paul Fleming was the main speaker.
The event was chaired by Sinn Féin councillor Elisha McLaughlin and was organised
to mark the 40th anniversaries of Thomas McCool and Joe Coyle, the first IRA men from Derry to be killed in the Troubles. They died in a blaze in Mr McCool's Creggan home on June 27th 1970 while they were preparing explosives. Two of Mr McCool's children were also killed in the fire. A third IRA volunteer, Tommy Carlin, died from his injuries a week later.
At Sunday's commemoration, Niamh Duffy, a granddaughter of Mr Coyle read out the Derry Roll of Honour, while Siobhan Kiely, a granddaughter of Thomas McCool, read the Derry Roll of Remembrance.
18 year-old Ógra Shinn Féin member Pádraig Barton, who was killed in a road accident earlier this month, was included on the Roll of Remembrance for the first time.
Wreaths were laid at the republican monument on behalf of Óglaigh na h'Éireann, Derry Sinn Féin, and the Derry Republican Graves Association, by members of Ógra Shinn Féin.
Michael McCrossan of Ógra Shinn Féin gave an update on the work the group are involved in the city.
In the main oration, colr. Fleming discussed the death of each IRA volunteer from Derry who died during the Troubles and said their memory motivates the republican leadership today.
"The struggle that they helped create and build has laid the foundations for where we are today. We have moved forward in many ways but there are still challenges for us. As Bobby Sands said, everyone has a role to play in that.
"This generation of republicans will ensure that our children and grandchildren will have a better quality of life, free from British oppression. The basis of that struggle was laid by the volunteers we are here to commemorate and we will build an Ireland that is a fitting tribute to their memory," he said.
The commemoration ended with Sara Griffin singing the National Anthem.
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