Family to unveil mural in memory of IRA man

Poster promoting next week's commemoration
Connla Young

Relatives of an IRA man shot dead by the British army will unveil a new mural to mark the 36th anniversary of his death this weekend.

George McBrearty (23) died along with another republican, Charles Maguire (21), during a gun battle with members of the 14th Intelligence Company in Derry in May 1981.

In recent years hundreds of republicans from all backgrounds have attended a family organised commemoration in Derry.

The IRA man’s 88-year-old mother Bridie is expected to unveil the large mural on the gable of his niece’s house in the Creggan estate in recent weeks.

The mural has been painted by well-known Derry artist Kevin Hasson with help from the McBrearty family and other members of the community.

The main speaker at the event will be Co Tyrone republican and former prisoner John Crawley.

Prominent Irish America Martin Galvin, who one headed up republican fundraising group Noraid, US-based radio personality John McDonagh are also expected to attend the event.

The commemoration and mural unveiling will take place at 3pm on Sunday May 28 at the junction of Rathkeale Way and Rathlin Drive in the Creggan estate.


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