West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Tens of Thousands March to Remember 1981 Hunger Strike

Published: 15 August, 2011

Over 20,000 people marched in Camlough on Sunday to mark the 30th anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strike. The march, which was addressed by Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD was attended by a large contingent from county Tyrone. Buses ferried supporters from throughout Tyrone to Camlough. Also present was the Martin Hurson Republican Flute band from Tyrone, which was set up after Martins death on Hunger Strike in 1981.

Local Councillor Sean Donnelly was in attendance and said it was great to see thousands of people young and old marching to remember the events of thirty years ago.

"It was great to see over 20,000 people converging in Camlough to honour the memory of the 1981 Hunger Strike. The events of thirty years ago are fresh in the memories of those who lived through those turbulent times. It also remains captivating for those who weren't born at the time of the Hunger Strike.

"Personally I can recall the many vigils held around the country in 1981 including Ballygawley roundabout, Carrickmore and Dungannon. I also remember the funeral of Tyrone Hunger Striker Martin Hurson. Tyrone people are very proud of Martin Hurson and indeed all the Hunger Strikers of 1981.

"The deaths of the ten men in 1981 and the lasting legacy encourage Irish Republicans to rededicate and recommit ourselves to the struggle for which they gave their lives. Due to their commitment Irish Republicanism is stronger than at anytime since partition. We are closer to achieving the aim of the Hunger Strikers. With a broad mass movement we can achieve the cause for which the Hunger Strikers and many more gave their lives to achieve, that is a 32 County Democratic Socialist Republic."