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Sinn Féin to hold a series of events to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Bobby Sands MP

5 May, 2006

Sinn Féin will hold a series of events across Ireland today to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Bobby Sands after 66 days on hunger strike. Twenty five years ago Ireland came to a standstill as tens of thousands of people took to the streets to voice their outrage and to support the hunger strikers.

The main events are as follows. Smaller local commemorations will take place throughout the country.


On Friday morning a group of Bobby Sand's former prison comrades along with members of the Relatives Action Committees from the period and Sinn Féin members will be going to the prison hospital in Long Kesh for a short memorial event.

The group will include former O/C Brendan McFarlane, Martin McGuinness MP and Fermanagh & South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew and will be available to speak to the media for a short time outside the prison gates at 10.45am.

The annual Bobby Sands memorial lecture will take place in the Devenish Complex at 7pm. Senior ANC member Robert McBride will deliver the lecture.

The Hunger Strike exhibition will be on display in the Roddy McCorley Club on the Glen Road from 12 noon.

A Black Flag vigil will be held on the Falls, Andersonstown, and Stewartstown Roads at 5.30pm.

Candlelit vigils will take place in Nationalist areas across Belfast.


In Dublin, Sinn Féin will hold a vigil outside the GPO on O'Connell Street at 1.30pm. Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald and Councillor Larry O'Toole will be available to speak to media at the event.

On Friday evening between 5.30pm and 6.30pm Sinn Féin will hold a series of vigils on Drimnagh Road, Dolphin‚s Barn Bridge , Balbriggan Main Street and Neilstown Road.

South Dublin Sinn Féin will hold a black flag vigil at the Luas Bridge in Dundrum  at  6pm.

Vigil 7pm Donaghmede Shopping Centre

Gerry Adams in Louth and Meath

During a visit to Louth and Meath on Friday, Gerry Adams will begin the day at 10am with a visit to the Hunger Strike monument at Hackballscross, County Louth. And at 7pm he will speak at a Bobby Sands commemorative event in the Newgrange Hotel in Navan, County Meath.

South Down parade

In Kilcoo in South Down on Friday evening at 7pm a monument will be unveiled by former Hunger Striker Leo Green after a parade through the area.

Martin McGuinness to address Derry City Rally

In Derry City a parade led by former PoWs will commence in Creegan at 6.30pm and make its way to the home of former Hunger Striker Mickey Devine at Rathkeele Way for 6.45pm, where Martin McGuinness and Raymond McCartney will address the crowd.

Dé hAoine, 5ú Bealtaine

Ros Comáin
Blanket-wearing and candlelight vigil to remember the men of Long Kesh and the women of Armagh. The Square, Ros Comáin, 5:30-7pm

Gaillimh Thoir
Candlelight vigil, 7-8:15pm, St. Michael's Square, Béal Átha na Slua/Ballinasloe

Maigh Eo
Candlelight vigil, 6:30-7:30pm, Pikes monument, Caisleán a' Bharraigh/Castlebar

Gaillimh Thiar
Tree planting. Assemble: Áras na Mac Léinn, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh (NUIG) 6:45pm

Candlelight vigil, Church Lane (bottom of Shop Street), Gaillimh, 7:30-8:30pm

Dé Sathairn, 6ú Bealtaine

Candlelight vigil. Assemble: 2:30, GPO/O'Connell St., Sligeach

Cork Sinn Féin will hold a vigil at 7pm in Ballinacollig.

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