Events commemorating Strabane’s Republican dead are to be held in the town this weekend.
Sinn Fein councillor Jay McCauley, chair of Strabane National Graves Association, says he hopes local people will show solidarity with the families of local Republicans who sacrificed their lives.
“The people of this area have continually shown their support and respect for republicans who have sacrificed everything in the cause of Irish Freedom and, on behalf of the organisers, I would like to extend an open invite for people to attend this weekend’s commemorative events in Strabane.”
On Saturday a commemorative lecture entitled ‘Remembering the Past, Forging the future’, will be held in Fountain Street Community Centre from 6-8pm.
The event be chaired by Sinn Féin Údarás na Gaeltachta member Gráinne Mhic Géidigh and will hear contributions from local MLA Barry McElduff and Sinn Fein National Chairperson Declan Kearney.
On Sunday the Annual Commemoration Parade will leave from Ballycolman Shops at 2:30pm and make its way to the Republican Plot at Strabane Cemetery.
En route, a wreath will also be laid at the Hunger Strike Memorial at Townsend Street. The main speaker at the Republican Plot will be Eibhlín Glenholmes.
Refreshments will be served following the parade at Fountain Street Community Centre