INLA Vol Joe Craven 30th Anniversary Commemoration – Bawnmore Saturday 7th December
The Joe Craven 30th Anniversary commemoration will be held this Saturday in Bawnmore, starts 1.45pm Sharp!
All members are asked to take note of the memo sent today by the secretary of the Ard Comhairle
The commemoration will be reported in IRSP News.
Volunteer Joe Craven – Fallen Comrade of the IRSM from IRSP.ie
Aged 25, Joe Craven was assassinated by a UVF gunman (claimed under the cover Protestant Action Force) who opened fire from a motorcycle, killing him and wounding his two brothers as they walked to a labour exchange.
At his funeral, the priest refused to accompany the coffin to Milltown where the INLA were to provide military honours. The RUC moved in, trying to prevent the display of a black beret and gloves atop the coffin outside the Craven home, and clashes occurred between the mourners and the RUC. The family refused to bring the coffin out until the security forces moved back. When they finally did move away, the coffin was brought back out and the RUC surged back, and two men were arrested in the subsequent scuffle.
The coffin was eventually carried away by mourners with the beret, gloves and the Starry Plough on top.
Saoirse go deo!