Hunger Strikers Remembered in Bundoran
The last Saturday in August has for over two decades been the day when Irish Republicans gather in Bundoran, County Donegal to remember the martyrs of the 1981 Hunger Strike in which ten brave young men died. The organizing committee are to be commended for their dedication and hard work in ensuring that the hunger strikers are remembered with the dignity and respect that they deserve.
As every other year this event was attended by Republicans from across the island of Ireland, as well as Scotland, England, Wales and Canada. A number of Cumann Na Saoirse Naisiunta/National Irish Freedom Committee activists were also in attendance.
Led by a color party and members of Na Fianna Eireann, a parade of hundreds of supporters and three bands, marched through the town toward the Republican Garden. Along the parade route, the march paused so that Ruairí Ó Brádaigh, President of Sinn Fein Pobhlach placed a wreath at the garden gates.
Guest of honor were the Hughes; McCreesh; O'Hara; McDonnell; Hurson; Lynch; McElwee; Devine; Stagg, and Ward families. While messages of support came from the Sands, Doherty and Gaughan families. Speakers were Ruairí White of the Republican Prisoners Action Group, Bob Loughman of the New York Emerald Society and : Cathleen Knowles McGuirk, Vice-President, Republican Sinn Féin. Bob loughman who is also a member of the NIFC has attended the commemoration since it started in 1984. The theme of this years commemoration was " Where there is an Occupation there can never be a true peace with justice". Messages from the Republican prisoners in Maghaberry and Portlaoise were read out as well.
The event was a great success and special mention must go out to chairman Joe O"Neil of Bundoran and chief marshals Mick Cullen and Jimmy McElhinney