Francis Hughes pictured with fellow IRA volunteer Ian Milne in the 1970s.
A true guerilla fighter – Francis Hughes (Ian Milnes Tribute to his comrade)
– ON Good Friday 1977, a car-load of RUC men who overtook and flagged down a car travelling along the Moneymore Road in South Derry, were suddenly confronted by armed IRA Volunteers, Two RUC men were killed and one injured in the ensuing shoot-out, and the Volunteers withdrew safely from the area despite a further shoot-out a hundred yards up the road.
– This typically daring operation was one among many during several hugely successful years of republican activity in South Derry. Which enemy forces correctly believed was masterminded by Francis Hughes. The RUC subsequently took the extremely unusual step of issuing a ‘Most wanted’ poster of three republicans from the South Derry village of Bellaghy: Francis Hughes, Dominic McGlinchey and lan Milne — describing them as their ‘most wanted men in the North’.
– Here, one of the ‘wanted’ trio, Ian Milne, now on the blanket protest in H-Block, describes Francis Hughes, the republican he knew both as a fellow activist and as a good friend.
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