Friday, 17 February 2012

20th Anniversary Weekend - Volunteers Peter Clancy, Barry O’Donnell, Sean O’Farrell & Patrick Vincent

A 20th Anniversary weekend of events from the 16th – 19th February in memory of Volunteers Peter Clancy, Barry O’Donnell, Sean O’Farrell and Patrick Vincent has been organised by the 1916 Societies.

Namely, the Eamonn Ceannt Society, Coalisland/Clonoe and the Thomas Clarke Society, Dungannon. Volunteers Peter Clancy, Barry O’Donnell, Sean O’Farrell and Patrick Vincent were executed by the SAS at Clonoe, 16th February 1992. They were Volunteers of the East Tyrone Brigade IRA. The weekend was launched at a very successful boxing tournament in Coalisland last Friday night.

The anniversary weekend of events starts on Thursday 16th with:

  • 6pm Candle lighting Vol Peter Clancy’s grave, 6.30 Vols Barry O’Donnell and Sean O’Farrell’s grave, 7pm torchlight procession from Edendork Hall to Vol Patrick Vincent’s grave, 7.30pm Anniversary mass for Patrick Vincent in Edendork Chapel. 
  • On Friday 17th Memories of Barry, Patrick, Peter and Sean – a night of stories, music and craic at 9pm in Clonoe Community Centre.
  • On Sat 18th there will be Wreath laying ceremonies at each of the Volunteers graves beginning at Clonoe 2pm, Coalisland 2.30pm and Edendork 3pm. That evening at 7.30pm there will be an Inquest Discussion in assoc. with Relatives for Justice, in the Cornmill, Coalisland. 
  • Then on Sunday 19th February the National Commemoration will take place from Clonoe to Coalisland, assemble at Clonoe at 2pm. Everyone is welcome though no party political emblems are to be carried. 
  • An exhibition on the four Volunteers will also be on show all weekend in the Cornmill, Coalisland. 
  • A commemorative DVD will be on sale that weekend. 

Barry, Patrick, Peter and Sean’s story is one that must be remembered, it is a story of bravery, friendship and commitment. Their belief in a free and united Ireland is as relevant today as it was 20 years ago. These four young men will always be remembered as Irish men who fought to remove the British occupation of their country and who made the ultimate sacrifice for Ireland

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