Young republican remembered in City Cemetery ceremony

"gra Shinn F�in member Padraig Barton. (2109MM08)
"gra Shinn F�in member Padraig Barton. (2109MM08)

A crowd of approximately one hundred people gathered in the City Cemetery on Sunday for a wreath laying ceremony to mark the 5th anniversary of the death of young Derry Republican Pádraig Barton.

The event was chaired by Caolán McGinley and the main speaker was Nicole Ní Láimhbheartáin.

Pádraig was involved in an accident outside Derry in June 2010 and tragically passed away in Altnagelvin Hospital.

“Pádraig was a well-known, extremely dedicated and likeable Ógra activist who will be fondly and proudly remembered by the many who met him, whether on their travels to the annual Bloody Sunday weekend, at the Hunger-Strike Republican Youth weekend in Derry, or the many national Ógra Shinn Féin events which he attended. He was also a seller of An Phoblacht from the age of 11,” said Nicole Ní Láimhbheartáin from Ógra Shinn Féin.

Pádraig, came from a family steeped in republican politics.

His grandfather was republican stalwart Seán Keenan; his uncle, Óglach Colm Keenan, was killed unarmed with his comrade, Óglach Eugene McGillan. Colleagues said he “has had relatives imprisoned for their role in the struggle and his family has endured the harassment and degradation wrought by the British state during the most recent phase of the conflict”.