Tyrone National Graves Association remembers Vol Kevin Barry O’Donnell, Vol Patrick Vincent, Vol Peter Clancy and Vol Sean O Farrell, East Tyrone Brigade, killed by British State Forces at Clonoe.
On 16th February 1992 Kevin Barry, Patrick, Peter and Sean on Active Service had taken part in an attack on the RUC barracks in Coalisland and had made their way to St Patrick’s churchyard Clonoe to make their getaway. After they had dismantled their weapons the hidden SAS soldiers opened fire from all sides and without warning. They fired over 500 rounds without reply killing the four Volunteers. This was part of British government’s policy of shoot to kill, a policy sanctioned at the very highest levels of the British state.
Kevin Barry, Patrick, Peter and Sean’s story is one that must be remembered, it is a story of bravery, friendship and commitment. Their belief in a free and united Ireland is as relevant today. These four young men will always be remembered as Irish men who fought to remove the British occupation of their country and who made the ultimate sacrifice for Ireland.
Remember them with Pride.