Welcome Friends & Comrades

Thank you for taking time to visit this site which is dedicated to the memory of Staff Captain Joseph McCann, murdered by Crown Forces, 15th of April 1972. Joe was a true Republican Socialist and a genuine ‘Working Class Hero’ who encapsulated all aspects of the Republican ideal. Joe led from the front on every occasion, whether it was empowering people, organising demonstrations or taking direct action against British Forces. He was no ‘armchair general’.

Please take time to read about Joe and some of the people who inspired him and also to visit the ‘Tributes’ page. We will be adding more links to songs and anything else we come across. Also, take a minute or two to sign our guestbook and leave a message if you wish. Just click the link below.

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Many thanks……….The McCann family.


The Historical Enquiries Team Findings

The Historical Enquiries Team of the PSNI have concluded that Joe’s killing was ‘Unlawful’ & ‘Unjustified’ The family are happy with these findings which confirm once and for all that the Para’s shot Joe in the back in cold blood. See link below for BBC report. The family have added a new page with some comment on the HET report. Thanks for visiting the site. Beir Bua!!

Joe McCann shooting was unjustified – HET report – BBC

Passing of Eamonn O’Doherty

Link to Irish Times article on the passing of Eamonn O’Doherty, the artist and musician who penned the well know tribute to ‘Big Joe’ that was recorded by ‘Planxty’ for their ‘The Iron Behind the Velvet’  album. The song was sung by Christy Moore who I remember calling to our house in Turf Lodge.

Renowned sculptor best known for ‘Anna Livia’ – Irish Times

40th Anniversary Commemoration March

The march to commemorate our late father, ‘Big Joe’ McCann, will take place on Sunday the 15th of April 2012. Participants will from-up at 14:15hrs in upper Stanfield St, in the Markets area of Belfast and march to the Hamilton St./Joy St. junction. Ciaran McCann will open and close the proceedings which will consist of an oration on behalf of the family given by Feargal McCann and a song in memory of our father which will be performed by Aine McCann. Final respects will be paid to a true ‘Working Class Hero’ when Anne McCann (Joe’s wife) lays a wreath on the spot were Joe died and the flags are lowered to the sound of the ‘Last Post’. All are welcome to attend this historic event and we look forward to seeing you there.