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Many of you may have heard about the very bad accident that occurred last weekend in Newry, it claimed the lives of two men. One of these men was 24 year old IRA Volunteer Gerry Fearon from Dromintee.

Gerry was buried on Monday in Dromintee in what was a very sad day for the entire community. His coffin was draped in the National flag with beret and gloves placed on top and was flanked by a Republican Guard of Honour.

Over 1,000 mourners attended Gerry's funeral. He was a man who was highly respected in the South Armagh community as well as among his comrades in Óglaigh na hÉireann.

He played football for the Dromintee B team, the same team as my younger brother, and his father Peter is the Chairman of the local GAA club.

Local Sinn Féin councillor Anthony Flynn said, "Gerald was well known in the area and will be missed by all who knew him, especially his family".

The graveside oration was delivered by South Armagh Republican Seán Hughes, also from Dromintee, who said that Gerry was a quiet and unassuming young man who got things done with little fuss. He said that when his comrades came together in recent days to reflect on Gerry, what stood out was that he was always there.

He was in the middle of everything and was eager to do more. No challenge was too great or too small.

Gerry was a member of the same Cumann as myself, he was a valued member of the Jim Lochrie Cumann Dromintee.

I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to all of Gerry's family and his girlfriend Aoibheann, you have been in my thoughts and prayers since this terrible accident occurred.

A nicer man you could not have met, a more dedicated Republican there wasn't.

So long Mo Chara, it was a pleasure to have know you!

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