Charles English remembered in Derry last week

Centre Michael English (Father of Charles English) and Charlie McSheffrey (father of Edward McSheffrey) at the commemoration which took place at the monument on the Lecky Road.
Centre Michael English (Father of Charles English) and Charlie McSheffrey (father of Edward McSheffrey) at the commemoration which took place at the monument on the Lecky Road.
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A large crowd attended the 30th anniversary of the death of IRA Volunteer, Charles English, who died on the August 6, 1985.

Charles English was was a resident of Cable Street and was only 21 years-old when he met his death during an engagement with an RUC patrol in Abbey Street.

The event was chaired by Melissa Kavanagh at the Lecky Road Monument.

A biography of the volunteer was read out and flowers were laid on behalf of the Bogside and Brandywell Monument Committee, the Republican Movement and the Derry 1916-2016 Centenary Committee.

Cousins, Conal and Sean McCool performed a live version of Charles’ favourite song, ‘Redemption Song,’ by Bob Marley.

Tiarnán Heaney gave the graveside oration, made by Padraig Pearse at the funeral of O’Donovan Rossa 100 years ago last week in Glasnevin cemetery.

Charlie McMenamin, from the Bogside and Brandywell Monument Committee, made a presentation to Charles’ father Mickey English.

The event ended with Mr. English addressing the crowd and thanking everyone who attended for their support.

Charles’ sister, Stephanie, also thanked everyone for the supporting the #charlesenglish30 initiative which saw hundreds of people posting photos online and completing tasks in her brother’s memory.