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Dromore to remember Bobby Sands and the 1981 Hungers Strikers

Published: 29 April, 2014

Bobby Sands MP and the 1981 Hunger Strikers will be remembered in Dromore, County Tyrone on Saturday 3rd May.

The annual commemoration is jointly organised by the local Patsy Kelly Sinn Féin Cumann and Dromore Memorial Committee.

1980 Hunger Striker and Sinn Féin MLA for Foyle, Raymond McCartney, will deliver the main address at Saturday's commemoration. Raymond McCartney endured 53 days on hunger strike in 1980.

Speaking ahead of the commemoration, local Sinn Féin Councillor Glen Campbell said:

"Bobby Sands was elected as MP by the people of Dromore and the surrounding area on April 9th 1981. His election alongside Kieran Doherty TD and Paddy Agnew TD propelled republicans into electoral politics, demonstrating the popular support that existed.

"It is with great pride that people will gather on Saturday to remember Bobby and his nine comrades who selflessly died on Hunger Strike in 1981. Their deaths were a catalyst in popularising republicanism and massively increasing support for Irish unity.

Councillor Campbell continued,

"For many people locally, the emotions and memories of 1981 remain raw. Although it has been 33 years from the events of 1981, the Hunger Strikers remain a source of inspiration for the current generation.

"The parade on Saturday will leave St. Patrick's Hall at 8pm and will then proceed directly to the Hunger Strikers memorial stone on Church Street.

Calling upon local people to support the parade, Councillor Campbell concluded:

"I would call on people to attend Saturday's commemoration to honour the Hunger Strikers, remember their ultimate sacrifice and rededicate ourselves to the struggle for Irish Freedom."