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Joe Craven: Fallen Comrade of the IRSM

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  • M A Nerd
    Fallen Comrades of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement Joe Craven Volunteer - Irish National Liberation Army Assassinated on 5 December 1983 Joe Craven,
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 5, 2010
      Fallen Comrades of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement

      Joe Craven
      Volunteer - Irish National Liberation Army
      Assassinated on 5 December 1983

      Joe Craven, age 25, was assassinated by an Ulster Volunteer Force
      (using the cover name Protestant Action Force) gunman who opened fire
      from a motorcycle, killing Craven and wounding his two brothers as
      they walked home from the Department of Health and Social Services
      office in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

      At his funeral, the priest refused to accompany the coffin to Milltown
      Cemetery in West Belfast, where the INLA were to provide military
      honours.

      The Royal Ulster Constabulary 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 RUC moved back. When the
      RUC finally moved away, the coffin was brought back out, but the RUC
      immediately moved in again. Two men were arrested in the subsequent
      scuffle.

      The coffin was eventually carried away by mourners with the beret,
      gloves, and Starry Plough flag on top.

      A memorial to Craven was unveiled in the Bawnmore area of North
      Belfast on 9 December 2002.

      He died as he lived: as a Republican Socialist. Remember him with
      honour and pride.

      http://www.irsp.ie/Background/fallen/craven.html
    • Danielle Ni Dhighe
      Fallen Comrade of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement Joe Craven Volunteer - Irish National Liberation Army Assassinated on 5 December 1983 Joe Craven, age
      Message 2 of 2 , Dec 5, 2012
        Fallen Comrade of the Irish Republican Socialist Movement

        Joe Craven
        Volunteer - Irish National Liberation Army
        Assassinated on 5 December 1983

        Joe Craven, age 25, was assassinated by an Ulster Volunteer Force
        (using the cover name Protestant Action Force) gunman who opened fire
        from a motorcycle, killing Craven and wounding his two brothers as
        they walked home from the Department of Health and Social Services
        office in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

        At his funeral, the priest refused to accompany the coffin to Milltown
        Cemetery in West Belfast, where the INLA were to provide military
        honours.

        The Royal Ulster Constabulary 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 RUC moved back. When the
        RUC finally moved away, the coffin was brought back out, but the RUC
        immediately moved in again. Two men were arrested in the subsequent
        scuffle.

        The coffin was eventually carried away by mourners with the beret,
        gloves, and Starry Plough flag on top.

        A memorial to Craven was unveiled in the Bawnmore area of North
        Belfast on 9 December 2002.

        He died as he lived: as a Republican Socialist. Remember him with
        honour and pride.

        http://www.irsp.ie/Background/fallen/craven.html
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