Location for hunger strike commemoration confirmed

Raymond McCartney
Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA and former hunger striker Raymond McCartney has announced that the 2014 national hunger strike commemoration will be held in Derrylin, County Fermanagh.

This year’s event will take place on August 3rd.

Announcing that the commemoration will take place in Derrylin, Mr McCartney said:

“The prison struggles of the late 1970s and early 1980s were without any doubt a key moment in the Irish struggle for freedom and justice. And within that period the hunger strike of 1981 is of course the defining moment.

“August’s national commemoration in Derrylin is one of the biggest events on the Republican calendar.”

Urging local people to make the trip to Fermanagh, Mr McCartney added: “I appeal to the wider Republican community from Derry and our neighbouring counties of Donegal and Tyrone to join with us in remembering with pride the sacrifice of ten brave comrades who died in Long Kesh during those turbulent summer months of 1981.

“The 1981 hunger strike was a pivotal event in the course of Irish history -it politicised and radicalised large sections of the Irish people. For this generation of republicans it was akin to the emotion generated in the wake of the 1916 Rising.

“The hunger strike and related events mark 1981 out as a seminal year in the struggle for a united Ireland.”

A number of buses will be going from Derry for the event and details can be obtained by contacting 02871 377551 or 02871 359747.