Republican News · Thursday 02 Novemeber 2000

[An Phoblacht]

Volunteers remembered

Two new murals were unveiled at Beechmount in Belfast on Sunday 29 October to commemorate republicans from the area who died over the last 30 years.

The unveilings took place after a rally attended by up to 200 people marched from the Sinn Féin office at Sevastopol Street in the Lower Falls to Beechmount Avenue.

At the ceremony, a wreath was laid in memory of Volunteer Tom McGoldrick, whose 30th anniversary occurred on 27 October. The wreath was laid on behalf of Belfast Brigade, Óglaigh na hÉireann by Mrs Fox, whose son Volunteer Paul `Basil' Fox died on active service in 1975.

A second mural, remembering all those Irish republicans who died in British and Free State prisons over the course of the struggle, were also remembered.

Attending the unveiling ceremony and march was Raymond McCartney who was one of the original seven 1980 hunger strikers. Also present were the relatives of three of the men who died in the 1981 hunger strike. Margaret McCauley, Micky Devine's sister, Ellen McDonnell, mother of Joe McDonnell, and Kevin Lynch's sister Bridie Lynch from Dungiven attended.

A member of Volunteer Hugh Coney's family, from Coalisland in County Tyrone, also attended. Coney was shot dead by a British soldier in 1974 as he tried to escape from Long Kesh.

Other wreaths were also laid.

The previous day, republicans from the Beechmount area organised a commemorative picket to remember the 1980 Hunger Strike, a token 24-hour fast was also held.

Four men from the area, Eddie Duffy, Liam Elliott, Gerard McCurdy and Paddy O'Reilly, who organised and took part in the token fast, had carried out a similar fast in 1980 in solidarity with the H Block Hunger Strikers.

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