|éirígí's Newry spokesperson Stephen Murney|
The event marked the 20th anniversary of Colum’s death when he was murdered by the RUC in a shoot-to-kill operation in April 1991. Colum was unarmed when he was shot several times whilst on active service.
A wreath was laid on behalf of éirígí, while another was laid on behalf of the Derrybeg residents at the republican monument in the Derrybeg estate.
Speaking at the event, éirígí's Stephen Murney paid tribute to Colum: “Twenty years ago, Colum made the supreme sacrifice for Irish freedom. Colum didn’t waver in the face of danger, he stepped up to the mark and bravely took the fight to the enemy.
“We will never forget Colum and the many more volunteers who gave their lives in pursuit of a socialist republic; they fought for an Ireland free of imperial power and social privilege. That same struggle continues to this day.”