Notable Derry republican to remembered

Derry republican, John Fox.
Derry republican, John Fox.
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Derry born republican, John Fox, will be remembered at special ceremony in the city this weekend.

Mr. Fox was one of a number of republicans from the city who responded to the call to mobilise for the Easter Rising in 1916.

The ceremony will take place at his grave side at 1.00p.m. on Friday. Mr. Fox’s grave is located in the lower older part of the City Cemetery, just above the section which overlooks the council’s work station.

At the time of his death on October 6, 1952, Mr. Fox was living in Deanery Street in the Brandywell. He was the Quartermaster of the Northern Division of the old IRA and was a leading figure within republicanism in the North West of Ireland.

Mr. Fox was interned in Ballykinlar and Newbridge and he was imprisoned in Derry Jail, Victoria military barracks, Belfast, Richmond military barracks, Dublin, Lewes Jail and Wormwood Scrubs in England. However, on his release he resumed his activities with the IRA and until 1923 he played an integral role in the War of Independence in the North West.

Mr. Fox commanded members of the Derry City Battalion of the old IRA, which provided a guard of honour for Éamon de Valera when he visited Derry in July 1951.

Mr. Fox’s Requiem Mass took place in St. Columba’s Church, Long Tower.

Friday’s event is being organised by the Bogside and Brandywell Monument Committee and Derry Republican Graves Associatian in conjunction with the Fox family.