Honour for republican veteran
In a ceremony at Sinn Féin Head Office this week Falls Road
republican Owen Coogan made a presentation to veteran
republican Joe Cahill in recognition of his lifetime's work for
the Republican Movement.
Fittingly, Joe was presented with a brick from the house in
Belfast's Cawnpore Street where Tom Williams was shot and
captured - along with Joe Cahill and others - at Easter 1942. Tom
Williams was hanged and Joe Cahill's death sentence was commuted.
In making the presentation, Owen Coogan praised Joe Cahill's
lifetime contribution to republicanism: ``From those days in the
1940s, through every decade since and right up to his work during
the current peace process, Joe has been an inspiration to
republicans everywhere. Never afraid of change or of tough
decisions, he has always given exemplary leadership.''