REPUBLICANS in Co Armagh, Monaghan and throughout Ireland were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Seán Moore on November 10, 2020.
Seán Moore was born on August 8, 1945 in Gilford, Co. Down. He married his wife Nuala (nee McKerr) on August 14, 1967 in St. Peter’s Church, Lurgan. He joined the Civil Rights Movement in the late sixties when Nationalists began demonstrating for equality in housing and jobs and voting rights. Around this time, he met Republican Art McAlinden and began selling An Phoblacht and Easter lilies.
On August 9, 1971 at 4.30pm Seán was awakened by British soldiers and taken to Kitchen Hill army barracks and then transferred with several Lurgan men, to Ballykinlar Army Base. Here the men were subjected to ill-treatment and assault for approximately 72 hours. They were then transferred by helicopter to the Maidstone in Belfast Harbour.
On his release Seán subsequently took a civil action against the Chief Constable of the RUC,
Graham Schillington and the British Ministry of Defence, for wrongful arrest and assault. He was awarded the total damages he had claimed, £300, which was the highest amount a County Court judge could award.
In 1972 the family moved to Dundalk, in Co. Louth. Seán joined the local Willie Stewart Cumann of Sinn Féin and chaired An Cumann Cabhrach. He organised fundraising activities in support of prisoners and their families and travelled throughout Ireland during the Hunger Strike and H-Block campaign organising support for the prisoners’ demands for Political Status. During these years Seán was involved at every level in the Republican Movement and played a vital role.
In 1986 Seán remained true to his Republican principles. He rejected the move to constitutional politics by Gerry Adams et al and joined Republican Sinn Fein.
On moving to Monaghan in 1992 he and others formed the Dáithí Ó Conaill Cumann. He attended Bodenstown and Bundoran each year.
In 2019 he was the recipient of the CABHAIR Testimonial award for Ulster, an honour richly deserved. A steadfast and loyal Republican, he will be deeply missed.
The Republican Movement extends deepest sympathy to his wife Nuala, daughter Dara, sons Seán Óg, Fergal, his grandchildren and family circle.
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