|Terri Gavin McWeeney|
Carrick town 1890s
The Gavins were a Republican family and Terri’s father and her brother Jimmy were both active in the IRA struggle against British rule. The 1930s and 1940s were a turbulent period in Ireland. Terri grew up in the early years of the Irish Free State during the Economic depression, the Economic War with Britain and the conflict with Churchill over Irish neutrality during World War Two. Those years were a tough time for most people in Ireland and it was no different for the Gavin family but they also faced state persecution because of their Republican beliefs. By 1937 Éamon De Valera had long since abandoned the Republican struggle and he formed the first Fianna Fáil government in that year. Fianna Fáil instigated a ferocious repression of Republicans in the 26 counties. Terri knew from a young age that she must be careful not to speak about her family’s political activities outside the home. Terri always described Carrick as a Fianna Fáil town and she didn’t mean that as a compliment! Terri had a happy childhood and she also spoke about the way that poor people in her home town helped each other with food donations when they could, this kindness allowed people to survive.
Paddington in the 1950s
Terri at Pól MacAdaim gig 2017.
Pir Sultan centre Edmonton
IRA volunteers during the Border Campaign 1957
IRA Volunteers Michael Gaughan and Frank Stagg
who died on Hunger Strike in England
Bloody Sunday, Derry 1972
Marian and Dolours Price
Terri at Downing Street, 2001 with IPSC comrades
Resistance Tent 2016
Terri addressing celebration for Steve Kaczynski.
Steve had just been released from a Turkish gaol
after 54 days on Hunger Strike
Terri attending an AIG protest
The following messages are from Terri's comrades:
Comrade Emma, - so sad to hear that our comrade Terri has gone. She will never be forgotten. Rest in peace and power;
Comrade Carol Foster: Terri had the unique gift of making you feel better about yourself. She brought out hidden qualities in people which not only helped them but helped the cause we all believed in. I miss her greatly.
Comrade Leah; that is so sad. She was really lovely to me. I'm sorry for your loss Cinaed, I know she was like a mum to you and you spent a lot of time with her. I'm so sorry;
Comrade Diarmuid Breatnact, Terri was one of the founder-members of the IPSC. Terri attended our public functions such as fund-raisers, protest meetings in solidarity with the struggle of Turkish political prisoners. I remember Terri, greeting me warmly in Irish. I remember singing “Gráinne Mhaol” with her and she knew the words not only of the “Óró sé do bheatha abhaile” chorus but of all three verses. She was always full of good humour except when serious about the plight of Irish prisoners or of people struggling in far-off lands.
Comrade Juan Terri, true fighter!!!
Comrade Ed, Very sad news. RIP;
Comrade Andrew seeing Terri at the BBC protest was an inspiration and made me think as individuals we are small in terms of what we can do with life but it is our connection to something greater. It is only by connecting to that great collective that our true unique contribution can live, in the struggle for justice and to end capitalism.
Let us never forget the great work that Terri Gavin and other women did for the republican movement in Ireland and the struggle for the workers republic, i ndíl-chuimhne uirthi agus orthu.
Sleep well, Terri, beautiful daughter of Ireland
Codladh sámh, a Therri, a iníon álainn na hÉireann