Hazzard welcomes large crowd to South Down for Hunger Strike commemoration
Sinn Féin MP Chris Hazzard has thanked the tens of thousands who travelled to Castlewellan on Sunday for the National Hunger strike Commemoration on this the 37th anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strike.
The South Down MP commented:
“South Down republicans were privileged to host the National Hunger strike commemoration as we welcomed people from all four provinces of Ireland and her diaspora to celebrate the memory of those who gave their life on Hunger strike across each generation.
“We were honoured also to welcome the families of those who have died on Hunger Strike. It is because of their loved ones sacrifice that republicanism is stronger today than at any point in our history.
Mr Hazzard added:
“In this the 220th anniversary of the United Irish rebellion in Co Down it was also a great opportunity to mark the vision, efforts & sacrifice of those local republicans who first rose in the name of the Irish Republic in Ballynahinch & Saintfield in 1798.”