Eirígí remembers 1920 volunteers

Emma Taylor Posted by
Sunday, December 11th, 2011

On Sunday December 11th éirígí held a wreath laying event in Newry to remember three IRA volunteers, William Canning, John Francis O’Hare and Peter Shields who were killed in the Egyptian arch ambush on the Camlough Road. This event marked the 91st anniversary of the ambush. Speaking at the event éirígí’s Newry area representative Stephen Murney paid tribute to the volunteers.

Speaking to Newry Times, Stephen said “We are here today to pay our respects to these courageous volunteers and the sacrifice they made on that cold December night 91 years ago. The ambush took place on the 12th December 1920 in the middle of the War of Independence when IRA units throughout the length and breadth of Ireland took on the might of the British Empire, laid ambushes and attacked RIC stations. Despite the odds being stacked against them they nonetheless faced the foe with outstanding courage and bravery.

He continued, “The principles by which the organisation stood and for which many of its members paid the ultimate sacrifice remain relevant almost a century later. Sadly their work remains unfinished and it’s now up to us to continue the fight for liberation. As 2012 dawns Ireland more than ever, needs a radical mass movement that will represent one class in society — the working people — and which will adopt but one attitude to the British occupation — that of uncompromising active resistance.”

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