Hundreds turn out to join Derry republican commemorations

Martin McGuinness the families of Danny Doherty and William Fleming on the 30th Anniversary of their deaths at the Republican plot in the city cemetery on Saturday afternoon .

Martin McGuinness the families of Danny Doherty and William Fleming on the 30th Anniversary of their deaths at the Republican plot in the city cemetery on Saturday afternoon .

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Hundreds of people turned out in force in Derry over the weekend to remember the deaths of four IRA volunteers.

The weather at the weekend left a lot to be desired but the local republican community attended special events on both Saturday and Sunday designed to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the deaths of William Fleming and Danny Doherty who were shot dead by members of the SAS in the grounds of Gransha Hospital on December 6, 1984 and the 40th anniversaries of Ethel Lynch (22) and John McDaid (16) who died as a result of separate incidents on December 7, 1974.

“It was a massive undertaking for the local monument committees in the Bogside, Brandywell, Creggan and Waterside but they held very fitting and dignified commemorations to the memories of Danny Doherty, William Fleming, Ethel Lynch and John McDaid and earlier in the week Ciaran Fleming,” a Derry Graves Association spokesperson told the Derry Journal.

“Over the course of the weekend despite atrocious weather conditions hundreds of people turned out to several commemorations at a number of our monuments across the town and in the City Cemetery. There was also an exhibition and DVD showing and a group of former women POWs travelled down from Belfast for the Ethel Lynch commemoration.” The spokesperson went on to thank everyone who attended or took part in the commemorations on behalf of the Derry Graves Association.

“We would like to thank everyone (too many to mention) who helped make this happen, we are very grateful for the time and effort they put in,” the spokesperson said.

For a slideshow of photos from the republican commemorations at the weekend, visit www.derryjournal.com