Kevin Coen commemoration

THE annual Kevin Coen commemoration took place at his graveside in Sooey Cemetery, Riverstown, Co Sligo on Sunday, January 20.
Kevin was killed while on active service at Cassidy’s Cross on the main Swanlinbar-Enniskillen road in Co Fermanagh when undercover British troops in a civilian car opened fire on an IRA checkpoint. The date was January 22, 1975.

Con Darcy, Sligo presided at the ceremony and Seán McGoldrick, Riverstown led the attendance in a decade of the Rosary in Irish. A wreath was laid on behalf of Republican Sinn Féin.

Dan Hoban, Newport, Co Mayo in his oration recalled the time he spent with Kevin Coen in Mountjoy jail in 1971 and praised him as an unyielding Republican soldier.

“Kevin Coen’s objectives have yet to be achieved,” he said. They would not be realised through Stormont, Leinster House or Westminster which were dedicated to maintain Partition and British rule.

“Kevin would regard the voluntary destruction of arms to be used for Irish freedom as downright treachery.”

There was a heavy presence of Special Branch and uniformed police at the ceremony.

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