Volunteer Patrick Loughran 95th Anniversary Commemoration

An announcement from the 1916 Societies about a commemoration tomorrow evening in Dungannon to commemorate IRA Volunteer Patrick Loughran.

The Thomas Clarke Society Dungannon have organised a 95th Anniversary Commemoration to remember local IRA Volunteer Patrick Loughran, tomorrow night, Thursday 18th June. All are welcome, assemble at his graveside in Carland Road Cemetery Dungannon at 7.30pm.

Volunteer Patrick Loughran died from injuries received during a raid on Cookstown RIC Barracks on 18th June 1920. He was a brave Irishman who died trying to free his country from British rule. It is important that we remember Patrick’s sacrifice. After many years, the portrait of Patrick Loughran has been located through family connections in Dublin. It is fitting that we now have an image to go with this brave man’s story.

Patrick Loughran was from a large Republican family who lived on Quinn’s Row, off Anne Street in Dungannon. He was 27 years old at the time of his death and worked as market trader. He was very prominent in the GAA in Dungannon playing for Dungannon Thomas Clarke Gaelic Football and Hurling Club. Indeed he played for Tyrone against Armagh a month before he died.

Patrick was the first Volunteer killed on Active Service in the IRA’s Northern Campaign in the war for independence. His funeral was one of the biggest ever seen in Ulster. Thousands attended and organisations like the GAA, the INF, the AOH and the Irish Transport & General Workers Union were officially represented.

This event kicks off a busy 12 months of events in the run up to the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. These events will culminate locally on May 3rd 2016 with a major commemoration and the unveiling of a statue of Thomas Clarke in his hometown of Dungannon.

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