Galbally, County Tyrone

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Roman Catholic Church, Galbally.

Galbally (from Irish: Gallbhuaile, meaning "stone booley"[1][2]) is a hamlet and townland in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. It is between Cappagh and Donaghmore. Its name was formerly spelt as Gallwolly and Gallwally.[1]

The hamlet has one pub, a convenience shop, a church and a post office with an adjoining grocery shop. The local Gaelic football team is called Galbally Pearses. Sylvia Hermon actually came from Kilnaslee which is not Galbally.

Republicanism[edit]

Galbally has a proud reputation of being a Republican area and is strongly linked to The Troubles, with quite a few Provisional Irish Republican Army members coming from Galbally and its hinterland. Indeed it's Republican roots can be traced back to the Easter Rising when men were mobilised for action before the call to disband was announced. Through every phase of the Struggle, Galbally has provided it's fair share of Volunteers from Albert Tally in the years preceding the 1916 Rising, Paddy Kane and Henry O'Donnell in the 40s and 50s, right up until the present day activests. One1981 Hunger Strikers, Vol. Martin Hurson, is from the townland of Aughnaskea, and is buried at St John's Church, Galbally. Other republicans buried in the Republican plot in Galbally include: Vol. Declan Arthurs, Vol. Seamus Donnelly, Vol. Dwayne O'Donnell, Vol. Tony Gormley in Aughnagar, Vol.Eugene Kelly and Vol. Martin McCaughey in Altmore. The people of Galbally and the surrounding areas are extremely proud of the sacrifices made by the men and women of Oglaigh na hEireann in their fight for independence.(Citation needed)

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Coordinates: 54°32′N 6°53′W / 54.533°N 6.883°W / 54.533; -6.883