//Tyrone National Graves Association remembers with Pride Vol James Joseph (Josie)  Connolly.

Tyrone National Graves Association remembers with Pride Vol James Joseph (Josie)  Connolly.

Tyrone National Graves Association remembers with Pride Vol James Joseph (Josie)  Connolly.
On Active Service on the 5th February 1989 at around 11pm, a bomb Josie was carrying, prematurely detonated just outside the village of Drumquin. As personnel of the British Forces arrived at the scene, they found Josie who was seriously injured. Conscious and aware, he refused to give any information or even his identity. Sadly on February 6th 1989, Josie died from his injuries at the young age of 20.
Josie was the eldest son of Joe and Annie Connolly. He was a keen sportsman, and in his short life he won numerous trophies for his exploits in boxing. The crowning glory being an Ulster Junior Championship. Josie also had a keen interest in the Gaelic games and played for local Castlederg club, St. Eugene’s C.L.G.
Josie was described as one of the most popular lads in the parish. He was respected by all who knew him, this was evident by the numbers that turned out for his wake and funeral. His loss to his family, friends and the Republican Movement is immeasurable.
A true inspiration to all young Irish people.
“A true son of Ireland so let it be said… We salute you Volunteer Josie Connolly..
Remember Josie with Pride.
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