Tyrone National Graves Association remember Óglach Desmond Morgan.
Volunteer Desmond Morgan was only 19 years old when he died, known to his many friends as Dessie he was born in Brackaville on the 4th February 1953 the only son of Maureen and Jim “Dixie” Morgan. He had three sisters Ann, Shirley and Mary. He loved Gaelic football and played for Owen Roes GFC. He also liked playing soccer at corner back and is remembered for having a great left foot, he also enjoyed pool and snooker. He was a frequent visitor to the old cinema at lineside in Coalisland. Upon leaving school he started work attending to brickies and then an apprenticeship as a plumber. When Dessie was murdered it was a huge loss to the family as his father Jim died of cancer in 1969 and Dessie became man of the house and was a great son and brother.
Parades to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising were banned but undeterred, the people of Coalisland proceeded to assembled to remember the events of 1916 and as the parade passed Patterson’s corner, 13 years old Dessie Morgan would join in. Two years later on Saturday the 24th August 1968 he was one of 3,000 people who marched four miles from Coalisland to Dungannon, demanding civil rights. Five years later Dessie was shot by the R.U.C, on that same Dungannon Road on the 26th November 1973 and he died aged 19.
Remember Dessie with Pride.