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Monday, July 02, 2012

VOLUNTEER PAT CANNON COMMEMORATION , 17TH JULY 2012 , DUBLIN.

1976 : 2.15pm , 17TH JULY.....

Pat Cannon (left),Dublin, and Peter McElchar ,Donegal.

.....- two IRA Volunteers on active service - Patrick Cannon from Dublin and Peter McElchar from Donegal- set out in a car in which they were transporting an explosive device. They crossed the border from Donegal into Tyrone and were approaching the town of Castlederg when the device exploded prematurely. Peter McElchar was killed instantly. Patrick Cannon was gravely injured and was taken to Tyrone County Hospital in Omagh. He was being transferred to hospital in Belfast when he died....

Born in Dublin on November 28th 1955 -one of a family of seven (three girls and four boys)- Pat Cannon and his family lived in Edenmore, on the northside of the city. He was a fitter/welder by trade , and was only 20 years of age when he died. The Annual Pat Cannon Commemoration (36th Anniversary) will be held on Tuesday 17th July 2012 at 6.00pm in Old Balgriffin Cemetery , organised by Republican Sinn Féin Poblachtach : ALL WELCOME !

Thanks for reading, Sharon.