The annual South Armagh Óglaigh na hÉireann Commemoration will take place on Sunday 1st July at 4pm in Mullaghban. Those attending are asked to assemble outside the Community Hall before parading to the Memorial Garden beside Ti Chulainn.
This annual commemoration remembers all those local volunteers who died during the most recent phase of the struggle for Irish freedom and is focussed on offering ongoing solidarity and support to their families and loved ones as well as honouring their sacrifice.
This year we will also honour Martin McGuinness who opened the Memorial Garden in October 2010. Martin was a Republican leader and internationally respected peacemaker but he was also a great friend to South Armagh and its people. Martin visited this area many times throughout his life, standing with the people in their struggle with British Army occupation, encouraging support for the Peace Process, assisting local Sinn Fein candidates and, at all times, enjoying the hospitality and warm welcome of the people of South Armagh.
Gerry Adams will deliver the oration at the event, which will be attended by members of the McGuinness family, and a specially commissioned stone will be unveiled in memory of Martin. There will also be a photographic exhibition in Ti Chulainn reflecting on Martin’s life and the organisers are grateful to local people who have supplied treasured pictures of Martin visiting families and places in the South Armagh area.
The formal events will be followed by music and refreshments in Ti Chulainn and entertainment will also be provided for children.