"A Generation Remembers"
Today the families of some of those who died on the 1981 Hunger Strike were joined by former POWs and Hunger Strikers to launch a 25th Anniversary March and Rally to Casement Park in Belfast on August 13th. Those present included representatives of the Hughes, McElwee, Lynch and Hurson families along with former Armagh POW Jennifer McCann and former Hunger Striker Pat Sheehan.
Speaking at the event former Long Kesh O/C Bik McFarlane said:
"On Sunday 13th August, republicans will gather at a national event in Belfast to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strike.
"In every county of Ireland, local Hunger Strike Commemoration Committees have been holding localised events to mark this traumatic yet pivotal turning point in the course of Irish history when the sacrifice of ten young republicans ensured that Thatcher's government failed in its attempts to crush the struggle for Irish Freedom.
"Committees from throughout the 32 counties have also been building and planning towards this major national event in Belfast. The theme of the Commemoration will be "Cuímhníonn Glúinn/A Generation Remembers" in which the story of the Hunger Strike will be told through street theatre along eight key points of the route from Dunville Park on the Falls Road to Casement Park on the Andersonstown Road.
"This will be done in the form of stage acts/visual drama, with each telling the story of a particular phase of that time; this will be repeated by the performers at each venue until the marchers have passed their spot.
"Different areas of Ireland have been designated with the staging of different scenes with Republicans from Tyrone,Fermanagh and Cavan and Monaghan re-enacting the elections of Bobby Sands and Kieran Doherty.
"The day's events will culminate in a massive rally, commemoration and concert headed by Frances Black and other leading artists at Casement Park." ENDS