Tyrone National Graves Association remembers, Volunteers Dermot Crowley, Seán Loughran and Patrick Carty who died on Active Service, when a bomb they were transporting near Omagh exploded prematurely on 25 June 1973.
Dermot Crowley grew up in Mayfield in Cork. One of six children, he was a skilled sportsman and played for Clann Éireann GAA and his county in both juvenile and youth athletics. The terrible suffering of the nationalist people in the North of Ireland in the early 1970s had a strong effect on Dermot and he joined the IRA with his lifelong friend.
Seán Loughran was from Dungannon in County Tyrone. He was nicknamed ‘The Crow’ because of his jet-black hair and was remembered for having a wonderful wit and sense of humour. Seán was a longtime member of the IRA and was interned in the 1950s and 1960s.
Patrick Carty was originally from Bundoran in County Donegal but moved with his family to Dungannon in County Tyrone when he was 11. Patrick joined the IRA after he witnessed two of his friends and a young girl shot and injured by the B-Specials paramilitary police as they took part in a Civil Rights march. In 1972 he escaped from the Curragh Military Camp and returned to active service.
Remember Dermot, Patrick and Sean with Pride.