March to mark hunger strikes

A hunger strike march on Abercorn Road during the 1980s.
A hunger strike march on Abercorn Road during the 1980s.
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Thousands of people are expected in Derry next weekend to take part in a major march and rally to commemorate the 35th Anniversary of 1980/81 Hunger Strikes.

Final preparations are well underway for the commemoration march which will start at the Creggan Shops (Central Drive) in Derry on Sunday, May 1 at 2:15p.m. with a large number of bands taking part.

“This year marks the 35th anniversary of the 1981 Hunger strike, the Derry 1981 committee is calling on the Republican community in Derry to mobilise to remember the sacrifice of the brave prisoners in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh,” said a Committe spokesperson.

“Similar to the events at Easter we are calling on local areas to organise and mobilise within their particular communities. We are looking people to organise floats, themes and pageantry as part of the commemoration.

“The main parade will leave Creggan shops (Central Drive) and walk to the former home of Voluteer Mickey Devine, then proceeding on to the former home of Volunteer Patsy O’Hara in Bishop Street and concluding at the H-Block monument at Rossville Street.

“As with all our commemorations, it will be a dignified and respectful tribute to the Hunger Strikers. We ask you to be part of that tribute by participating in this event,” the spokesperson added.

For queries, contact the Derry 1981 committee on 02871 266 675.