Over 150 republicans gathered at the commemorative stone at the Halfway House roundabout near Ashtown on Saturday 13th December to remember War of Independence hero Volunteer Martin Savage. Martin was killed in a gun battle with the RIC 95 years ago on 19th December 1919. The commemoration was organised by Sinn Féin.

Sinn Féin Councillor Paul Donnelly chaired proceedings, Councillor Edmond Lukusa read out the Dublin Brigade Roll of Honour and Castleknock Councillor Natalie Treacy gave the main address. Also in attendance were Rita and Mick Savage who travel down annually from Ballisodare in Co. Sligo to mark the occasion. Both are relatives of the dead Volunteer.

In his remarks, Donnelly noted that when they assembled last year, Sinn Féin had no elected representative in Dublin 15. The party had since made an enormous breakthrough in Dublin in May’s local and European elections and now has three Councillors representing Dublin 15 as well as poll topping MEP Lynn Boylan. He said Sinn Féin were also well positioned to secure a Dáil seat in the Dublin West constituency at the next General Election.

After the speeches, wreaths we laid on behalf of Sinn Féin and the Republican Movement. The Rising Phoenix Republican Flute band closed proceedings with a rousing rendition of Amhrán na bhFian.

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