IRA veteran to speak at Easter commemoration

THE Sean MacDiarmada Society Fermanagh will be holding its annual Easter commemoration at the grave of Jim Murphy Derrylin graveyard Easter Sunday 11.30am the 21st April. The main speaker is former IRA prisoner John Crawley from Co Monaghan. Born in the United States to Irish parents and moved back to Ireland as a young teenager and returned to America to join the US Marines and upon completion of four years service  came back to Ireland.

He was captured on the Marita Ann gun running ship when it was intercepted by the Irish Navy off the Kerry coast in 1984 and served 10 years in Portlaoise prison for his involvement and received an additional three years for attempted escape. Upon release he immediately joined up again with the IRA. He was captured in London in July 1996 along with eight other IRA members and was sentenced to 35 years in prison for conspiracy to cause explosions.  A committed Irish republican all  his adult life, he will give his analysis on the state of Irish republicanism in 2019.

Chairman of the Sean MacDiarmada  Society Kevin Martin stated “Easter is a time when Irish republicans remember our Patriot dead with honour and pride and this year we mark the 45th anniversary of the murder by British state forces of local republican Jim Murphy from Corraveigha. “Jim Murphy was an Irish Republican and believed strongly and campaigned all his life for an Independent 32 County Irish Republic as declared in Easter 1916. We still hold firm the same beliefs Jim Murphy held and encourage everyone to come to Derrylin graveyard Easter Sunday 11.30am and wear and Easter Lily and to remember Jim Murphy and all our patriot dead.



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