The Ballymurphy commemoration will take place on Sunday


BALLYMURPHY Republicans will remember their comrades who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the fight for Irish freedom this Sunday with a memorial event at Milltown Cemetery.

Ahead of the event, Sinn Féin Cllr Stevie Corr urged the Greater Ballymurphy community to come and pay their respects to the local men and women, boys and girls who now rest in the hallowed ground of Milltown.

“2022 is a milestone because it is the fiftieth anniversary of so many volunteers who in 1972 died on active duty,” he said.

“Ballymurphy was largely free from trouble in the early days and months of the war which engulfed the North in August 1969 and it was not until Easter 1970 that major and almost daily rioting broke out in the area after the Orange Order Parade which started and returned to New Barnsley.

“The events around the Falls curfew in July 1970 cemented the position and dismantled the idea that change would come; that we would be governed as equals.

“Greater Ballymurphy has become a square mile of stalwart Republican resistance to British rule in our city and country, and is still rebellious and unbroken”.

Cllr Corr said the late Father Des Wilson summed it up perfectly when he said: ‘The revolution came when people stopped demanding to be governed right and started demanding the right to govern themselves .”

The memorial will meet in the parking lot of Milltown Cemetery at 1 p.m. this Sunday and head to the Republican Plot where the speech will be delivered by Jim Gibney.

There will also be a Colors Party made up of Republican activists from this period and the organizers are asking all former POWs from Greater Ballymurphy to attend in Black and White and join the rearguard of the Colors Party .

“We are proud of our comrades; we will always remember them and their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families. They walk alongside us every day and our goal is the same as it was in 1916, in 1969 and today. The creation of a 32 County Republic,” Stevie continued.

Local Republican, Seán Adams, one of the main organizers of the event, said the best way to sum up the caliber of IRA volunteers in the region can be taken from the lyrics of the song “Long Kesh”: ” That black day in August, when Faulkner showed his hand. He thought that through confinement he could shatter our valiant land. But the boys [and girls] from Ballymurphy, how they showed the way that night. They taught these English soldiers how the Irish could fight.”

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