Annual Derry Volunteers Commemoration to go online this year

This coming weekend a series of events will take place to mark the annual Derry Volunteers Commemoration in the City during which local republicans will remember their patriot dead.

Speaking ahead of the commemorations a spokesperson for the Derry Republican Graves Association said

“Like every commemoration or event we do, we always try to ensure that as much planning goes into them as possible and that they are carried out with dignity and respect. Apart from Easter this weekend would be the next biggest event outside of our annual dinner and local commemorations.

“This year due to COVID19 and the health and safety restrictions the programme for commemorative weekend will all take place online.

“The annual Book of Remembrance event will take place on Saturday at 3pm over Zoom when the names of republicans who have passed away in the City over the course of the last year will be added to the book.

“This Saturday night at 8pm a video will be aired to remember the 50th Anniversary of the deaths of IRA Volunteers Tommy McCool, Joe Coyle, Tommy Carlin and two of Tommy McCool’s children Bernadette and Carol. People will be able to watch this on the Derry Sinn Féin Facebook, Twitter and YouTube platforms.

“On Sunday at 3pm the annual June Volunteer’s Commemoration will take place on the  Derry Sinn Féin Facebook, Twitter and YouTube platforms.

“This will be followed at 4pm by a day  of music on the Song of Rebellion – Live Facebook Page with a large line up of acts.

“We would like to thank everyone who has helped in putting this weekend together.