Óglach Tony Gormley age 24 17th September 1962 – 8th May 1987.

From Declan Edgars page. Grmma Decky. 

Óglach Tony Gormley age 24 17th September 1962 – 8th May 1987.

Óglach Tony Gormley Age 24
17th September 1962 – 8th May 1987
Tony Gormley was the first of the four Volunteers from Galbally, who died at Loughgall to be buried. He is interred in St. Patrick’s, Aughnagar, Galbally, a mile from the family home.
The second eldest of six children, Tony was a happy go lucky young man but like his friends, Declan and Seamus, he suffered repeated harassment, and was arrested on numerous occasions and questioned in Gough Barracks, Armagh.
Tony was always a hard worker and he earned a reputation as a reliable and considerate employer. He was an engineering sub-contractor and had 12 men working for him. He was a forward thinker and good strategist. This was evident in the manner in which he would plan every operation meticulously, with attention to all foreseeable eventualities. Always putting himself to the fore, Tony is remembered as highly reliable and dedicated.
The friendship between Tony, Seamus, Eugene and Declan is also remembered. The craic and general “messing” that went on between them reminds us of how young they were and of how much we miss them.
At the time of his death Tony was a highly respected member of the East Tyrone Brigade. He died with his friends at Loughgall on 8th May 1987. They are often thought of and are always missed.

With many thanks to: Chaírde ar an Arm Náisiúnta Fuascailte na hÉireann.

Loughgall Martyrs 30th Anniversary.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Loughgall ambush when 9 Irishmen were killed by British Crown Forces. Volunteers Declan Arthurs, Seamus Donnelly, Tony Gormley, Eugene Kelly, Paddy Kelly, Jim Lynagh, Padraig McKearney and Gerard O’Callaghan were members of the East Tyrone Brigade IRA. Civilian Anthony Hughes was also killed that evening. The attack was part of a British murder campaign in East Tyrone/North Armagh in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s when the full might of the British war machine including SAS, British Army, RUC, UVF, UDR were unleashed on the people of East Tyrone. 
These nine men were husbands, fathers, sons and brothers to their loved ones whose only crime was that they were Irish in British Occupied Ireland. They were killed by faceless, nameless paid SAS assassins who were in Ireland to carry out Britain’s war of terror against the democratic rights of the Irish people. 

The main commemoration this year is the Independent Republican March and Commemoration on Sunday 7th May assembling at Galbally Community Centre at 3pm organised by the P.H. Pearse Society Galbally/Cappagh. The event is non-party political and everyone is welcome.

Sunday 23rd April @2pm 5 mile Sponsored walk, Assemble Republican Monument Aughnagar Chapel.

The James Connolly 1916 Society Monaghan will be holding a day of events to mark the 30th Anniversary of The Loughall Massacre. This will be in conjuction with other independent republican commemorations in Tyrone and Monaghan. On Sunday April 30th we will embark on a sponsored walk from the Jim lynagh, Padraig Mc Kearney Loughall monument in Drumfurrer, Carrickroe co Monaghan to the Seamus mc Elwaine monument Knockatallen, Scotstown, Co Monaghan. A short lecture will take place after the walk in the Sliabh beagh hotel with refreshments served . That night we will be hosting a social night in Moynas bar Scotstown @9. A Prominent speaker will be in attendance on the night. 

The annual mass organised by the families will be on Friday 5th May in Altmore at 7.30pm with refreshments afterwards in Galbally Community Centre. 

There will be a Tour of the Graves assisted by local 1916 Societies on Sat 6th May starting at 10.30am in Altmore and continuing on then to Galbally, Aughnagar, Monaghan, Caledon, Tullysarron, Moy and finishing at Edendork. 

On Sunday 7th May the main commemoration and march assembles at Galbally Community Centre at 3pm and will make its way to Cappagh. 

This commemoration gives all Republicans, young and old, a chance to remember these fine Irishmen who died thirty years ago that evening in Loughgall. Their story is one that the people of Ireland will always remember with sadness, anger, love and pride.

With  many thanks to: PH Pearse Galbally Cappagh.