The PH Pearse Society Galbally-Cappagh would like to thank everyone for attending the 25th Anniversary events for Vol. John Quinn, Vol. Malcolm Nugent, Vol. Dwayne O’Donnell and their good friend Thomas Armstrong, especially the families and the only survivor of that night, Malachy Rafferty. We thank all who made the events the success that they were.
Firstly, the Sponsored Walk on Sunday 28th February, which was very well attended, with over 100 people taking part.
On the following Friday, all roads led to Galbally Community Centre for a ‘Night of Reflection’. There the four families spoke of their loved ones, with two close friends speaking also. Ballads were sung of local Volunteers along with a newly-written song about the four lads, sung by local singers Caron and Eimear Brannigan.
Relatives For Justice released the report Collusion in Cappagh Killings, with Mark Thompson, Mike Ritchie and Paul Butler giving a brief rundown on the report. Peter Corrigan gave a summary of the ongoing case for truth and justice and rounded off the evening with a recitation of Padraig Pearse’s ‘The Mother’.
On Sunday 6th March, over 1,000 people made their way to Galbally Community Centre before parading to the Monument in Cappagh. Along the route Flag Bearers stopped at the Memorial outside Boyle’s Bar, lowering their flags to a minute’s silence.
Proceedings were started with Vol. Dwayne O’Donnell’s sister reading the 1916 Proclamation before Vol. Malcolm Nugent’s niece read the Tyrone Brigade Roll of Honor, accompanied by a lament. Wreaths were then laid by the families, Friends and Comrades East Tyrone, the PH Pearse Society Galbally-Cappagh, Tyrone National Graves Association, along with other wreaths.
Thomas Armstrong’s brother lowered our National Flag accompanied by a lament from Vol. John Quinn’s sister. Local singers Caron and Eimear Brannigan then sung again the song in memory of these four brave men. Proceedings were ended with Caron Brannigan singing Amhrán na bhFiann and afterwards several hundred people returned to Galbally Community Centre for tea and refreshments.