West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Danny Morrison to address gathering in Greencastle

Published: 23 March, 2012

Danny Morrison pictured with local Republicans at the launch of the Hunger Strike 30th anniversary exhibition in Omagh last year.

Danny Morrison pictured with local Republicans at the launch of the Hunger Strike 30th anniversary exhibition in Omagh last year.

The former Assembly member for Mid Ulster Danny Morrison will make a return journey to Greencastle on Friday evening as the guest speaker at a local launch of the book 'Tyrone's Struggle'.


Morrison, who coined the phrase 'the Armalite and Ballot Box' was deeply involved as a negotiator during the 1981 Hunger Strike and served a term of imprisonment himself during the 1990's. He is now a full time writer and has written and reviewed for the 'Irish Times', 'The Observer', 'The Guardian', 'Washington Post', and 'Boston Globe'.

Speaking ahead of the event, Mr Morrison said "I have a long association with this part of Tyrone having represented the area as an Assembly member from 1982 until 1986. My family's link to Greencastle goes back to the 1940's when my uncle, Harry White continued in the footsteps of Eoin Mc Namee from Broughderg as the Chief-Of-Staff of the IRA in 1944. As such, I am absolutely delighted to receive the invite to speak at this launch.

Mr Morrison continued 'During my time in Tyrone, I made many good friends and am looking forward to renewing these old acquaintances and making new ones. Unfortunately, many of the people I met on my travels are no longer with us but are fittingly remembered in the pages of 'Tyrone's Struggle'.


'I want to commend the author Gerard Magee for producing this comprehensive and detailed account of Tyrone's contribution to the fight for Irish freedom. Having read the book, I am completely struck by the huge human sacrifice but I am also inspired by the spirit of resistance of Tyrone people and this spirit is appropriately reflected in the book.

'Tyrone's Struggle is the culmination of a decade work by the author Gerard Magee. It is an excellent source of information for anyone interested in the history of the Republican Struggle in Tyrone.


The book launch takes place in Greencastle clubrooms at 8.30pm on Friday evening.