Charges follow ‘illegal’ parade

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Two men from Cork and one from Dublin have been charged in connection with an alleged illegal parade in Lurgan on May 28 this year.

Roy Patrick Shaw (22), Dannybrook, Cork, Ray Mallon (48), Church Road, Dublin, and Sean Paul McCarthy (52), Ashgrove Close, Carragline, Cork were charged at Craigavon Magistrates Court on Friday.

All three are charged with taking part in an un-notified public procession in Lurgan on May 28 when a memorial was unveiled to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Mallon is further accused that he wore an item of clothing, namely a full military styleuniform, in such a way or in such circumstances as to arouse reasonable suspicion that he was a member or supporter of a proscribed organisation.

Shaw and McCarthy are also charged with carrying an article, namely pullover, berets, shirts, in such a way or in such circumstances as to arouse reasonable suspicion that he was a member of supporter of a proscribed organisation.

All three made a first appearance in the dock of the court last Friday.

District Judge Peter King said that he understood there were 70 and upwards defendants in the case and the matter would ‘trundle’ along.

He adjourned the case until December 9 and excused the three defendants from appearing in court on that occasion.

Two others defendants were on the court list arising out of the same incident but they were excused from appearing.

Seamus Douglas (18), Mellows Park, Dublin, faces two charges of taking part in an un-notified parade and carrying articles to arouse suspicion that he was a member or

supporter of a proscribed organisation.

A youth is also charged with similar offences.

T heir cases were also taken to December 9 and they were also excused from appearing.