VIDEO: Heavy police presence around thousands at '˜Unfinished Revolution' parade in Coalisland

A heavy police presence surrounded the second of two marches in Coalisland celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising this weekend.

Sunday, 27th March 2016, 10:27 pm
Updated Saturday, 2nd April 2016, 8:00 am

The official Sinn Fein parade, which took place on Easter Saturday was dwarfed by the numbers that attended the ‘Unfinished Revolution’ march today - Easter Sunday.

To a resounding applause, a 50-strong republican colour party led a number of bands and thousands of supporters from Clonoe to Coalisland.

It is understood that bus loads of people came from across Northern Ireland for the event, which started almost an hour later than scheduled.

During the speeches, Nuala Perry from the IRPWA blamed the delay on the PSNI, whom she said had tried to arrest a number of men in the colour party. We were unable to contact the police for comment.

Wreaths were laid in honour of the Rising’s dead outside Patrick’s Hall after the wife of prominent republican Colin Duffy and IRPWA member, Mandy Duffy read a letter from prisoners.

The 1916 proclamation was read by reenactment society member Fintan Dwyer and then, addressing the crowd, Davy Jordan hit out at those now sitting at Stormont - likening them to the landlords of times gone by.

“As we stand here, we should rededicate ourselves to the cause,” he said.

“We have all made sacrifices, let us focus on the struggles of the time ahead... in memory of 1916. Victory to the political prisoners in Ireland and victory to the Irish people.”