The First Anniversary of the death of comrade Denis O'Connor of Hollyhill,
Cork took place today, 15th August and a short ceremony was held at his graveside in Blackrock to mark the occasion.
Denis, who had been selected to stand in the June 2009 local elections
in the North West Ward, died suddenly on Friday morning, 15th August 2008. He was a well loved and respected member
of the Workers Party and a popular community activist who would almost certainly have been elected to Cork City Council had
he not been taken from us so suddenly.
Tributes were lead by Councillor Ted Tynan who spoke of Denis's hard
work on behalf of his family, party and community and his instinctive socialism.
A bunch of flowers was laid on the grave by Gurranabraher Workers Party
activist Jackie Connolly and a short poem, written for the occasion, was read by John Jefferies.
A few words were also said by comrade, friend and work colleague Tom
Denis' wife Veronica then said a few words and finished off leading family
To A Comrade
by John Jefferies
A comrade loyal passed away,
A friend so very true.
An empty chair, an unsaid word,
So much still left to do.
A parting that was swift and sad,
We said goodbye to you.
Your enthusiasm spurred us on
So we could see it through.
Behind you've left a beacon
to guide us on our way,
And we can hardly falter
if we use it every day.