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Milne to speak at Tyrone Volunteers Day in Loughmacrory

18 November, 2016 - by Ian Milne

Sinn Féin MLA Ian Milne has been confirmed as the main speaker at this year's Tyrone Volunteers Day in Loughmacrory on Sunday 27th November at 6pm. 

Speaking ahead of the torchlight procession which will have a 1916 centenary theme, Mr Milne said:

"Tyrone Volunteers Day is a time for Republicans to pause and remember those who have laid down their lives in the struggle for freedom.  

"We remember the Republicans from every generation, including the IRA volunteers and Sinn Féin activists on the Roll Of Honour who lost their lives during the most recent phase of the struggle and we are ever conscious of the impact of this huge loss on their families and loved ones.   

"I knew many of the Republicans on the Tyrone Roll of Honour from my time as a political prisoner in Portlaoise, in the cages of Long Kesh and on the blanket protest in the H Blocks.   

"I am looking forward to meeting the relatives of our patriot dead and I also look forward to catching up with old friends and comrades from Tyrone.    

One of the organisers is local MLA, Declan McAleer, said;  

"As a member of the local Milligan-Harte Sinn Féin Cumann we are incredibly proud that the Tyrone SF Commemoration Committee chose Loughmacrory as the venue this year for Tyrone Volunteers Day.  The Cumann members have been working hard to make this a fitting tribute to our patriot dead.  

"The parade route we have chosen will retrace the steps of the funeral of Vols Gerard and Martin Harte.  The Loughmacrory SF Cumann  is named in honour of Gerard and Martin so this gives an added significance to the event. 

"The procession begins at 6pm on Ballybrack Road and an open invitation is extended to everyone to come along and take part in what will be a fitting tribute to our patriot dead".

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