The Derry Republican Graves Association has launched its annual draw with a prize fund worth £20,000.
This year marks the 35th anniversary of the deaths of IRA Volunteers Charles ’Pop’ Maguire and George McBrearty. The two men were killed by the Special Air Service (S.A.S.) at the bottom of Southway.
Sinn Fein Councillor, Colly Kelly, said the money raised would go towards maintaining republic graves, like those of Charles ‘Pop’ Maguire and George McBrearty, in the City Cemetery and monuments throughout the city.
“The annual big draw is very important to the Derry Republican Graves Association in raising funds to help towards the upkeep and maintenance of republican graves and monuments in Derry.
“This year with it being the centenary of 1916 there has a been a massive piece of work carried out at the republican plot in the City Cemetery around all the headstones and Cú Chulainn and the installation of a modern flagpole as the centre piece. “There was also the unveiling of the portraits of Shantallow’s Republican Martyrs and the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation which was a stunning piece of work along revamps of the Bogside and Brandywell and Creggan monuments.”
The first prize in the annual draw is £10,000.