Sinn Fein attend wreath laying ceremony for local man

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Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Members and friends of Newry’s Gerry Marks/Patrick McKeown Sinn Fein Cumman gathered at the Republican Plot in St Mary’s Cemetery on Tuesday August 28th to lay a wreath in remembrance of Patrick McKeown.

Councillor Charlie Casey addressed those present saying;

“38 years ago this week of Oglach Patrick McKeown was killed when a premature bomb exploded at a house in Barcroft Park. Patrick, who had been a committed Volunteer for many years, took the full force of the blast and was killed instantly.”

“This evening members of the Sinn Féin Cumann – which is named in his honour – gather here to remember and commemorate his life and contribution to the Republican struggle until his death in 1974.”

Newry MLA Mickey Brady also attended. He added,

“Its important for us to remember Patsy McKeown as a Volunteer but also as a real human being who loved his wife and family of four, was a brilliant dancer and a hard worker in his chosen profession of nursing. This evening his family are in our thoughts.”

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