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Thirty facing charges linked to taking part in an illegal dissident republican parade in Lurgan in 2016

The charges follow an unnotified dissident republican parade in Lurgan, Co Armagh. Picture by Mal McCann

THIRTY people were charged yesterday with taking part in an illegal dissident republican parade in Co Armagh.

In total, 21 men and nine women, mostly from Northern Ireland but three from the Republic, were all jointly accused on a single count of taking part in an un-notified parade on May 28 2016.

The charge are linked to a dissident republican parade in the Kilwilkie area of Lurgan.

Many of the defendants are from the Lurgan area with others coming from Rasharkin, Bellaghy, Feeny, Castledawson and Magherafelt with living at the same address.

The men charged are:

• Seamus Byrne, 54, The Orchard, Ardee

• Noel Coleman, 45, Liscorran Court, Lurgan

• Kevin Collins, 41, Wallace Park, Ballymena

• Paul Corey, 64, Dingwell Park, Lurgan

• Daniel Doherty, 26, Bamford Park, Rasharkin

• Dermot Douglas, 54, Mellows Park, Dublin

• John Doyle, 65, Dorset Court, Antrim

• Christopher Hamill, 29, Church Walk, Lurgan

• Brendan Kelly, 26, Carnfenton Park, Rasharkin

• Francis Kelly, 37, McGreavy Park, Lurgan

• Gerard MacConville, 56, Kilwilkie Road, Lurgan

• Ciaran McConville, 25, Kilwilkie Road, Lurgan

• John Joseph McCusker, 65, Galloon Gardens, Newtownbutler

• Martin McAvoy, 34, Tarry Drive, Lurgan

• Damien McKenna, 36, Lurgan Tarry, Lurgan

• Gavin McKenna, 35, Victoria Gardens, Lurgan

• Sean McKenna, 28, Kilwilkie Road, Lurgan

• Michael McTaggart, 28, Portina Road, Rasharkin

• Patrick Mongan, 22, Portland Manor, Lurgan

• Paul Murnaghan, 26, Cherrywood, Lurgan

• Barry Toman, 40, Drumnamoe Ave, Lurgan.

The women are:

• Chloe Clarke, 21, Lurgan Tarry, Lurgan

• Claire Conway, 42, Main Street, Feeny

• Loretta Curran, 46, Craigback Road, Eglinton

• Kyla Lockhart, 22, Mullaghmeash Park, Feeny

• Rebecca McConville, 55, Kilwilkie Road, Lurgan

• Kerry McGahan, 27, Campbell Walk, Lurgan

• Marie Theresa McGahan, 46, Kilwilkie Road, Lurgan

• Nula Ann Moore, 72, Beechgrove Lawns, Monaghan

• Kelly Mullaney, 33, Drumnamoe Ave, Lurgan

None of the defendants appeared in court yesterday where a prosecuting lawyer told Deputy District Judge Peter Magill that a further 11 individuals had similar charges withdrawn or had been dealt with by police caution.

In relation to those before the court the lawyer asked for their cases to be adjourned for two weeks to ascertain whether a caution was suitable and if not, then for the defendants' plea to be indicated.

The case will be mentioned again on August 30.

One of the accused, Gavin McKenna, faces similar charges on another bill of indictment.

He is jointly accused with 51-year-old Audrey Sharpe, from Drumbeg, Tullygally, Lurgan. The pair are accused of taking part in an un-notifies parade on March 26 2016 and wearing clothing, namely berets, military jumpers etc, giving rise to a reasonable suspicion that they were a “member or supporter of a proscribed organisation.”

That case was also adjourned for two weeks “for attitude.”

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