1981 Hunger Strike Commemoration in CT.
On August 20, 2010,
the 29th anniversary of the ending 1981 hunger
strike, the Waterbury Ct. AOH (Freedom for All Ireland
Committee) held a commemoration at Bobby Sands Circle in
Hartford, CT. To mark that historic occasion. The event was
arranged by Joseph Flaherty of Waterbury AOH.
began with the wreath laying ceremony. Two wreathes were
laid at the foot of the Hunger Striker’s monument by the
Waterbury unit of the AOH and by representatives of Cumann
Na Saoirse to signify the sacrifices made by Irish Hunger
strikers and their families.
The Star Spangled
Banner was sung by, Raymond P.Green of the Waterbury unit of
the AOH in English, and Irish. Following the national anthem
was the reading of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic by
Raymond P Green in Irish, and Emmett Mc Sweeney in English,
both representatives of the Waterbury unit of the AOH.
Joseph Flaherty had
the honor of reading out the names, and duration of the ten
hunger strikers that died on the 1981 Hunger Strike: The
names of Michael Gaughan (1974) and Frank Stagg (1976) that
made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of the Irish
Republic were also added to the list.
‘Reading of the Ten,’ was an emotional account by Susan
Kramer who read an account of, ‘A Wife of an Irish
Republican Prisoner Today. Susan’s reading shed light on the
everyday realities that the families of Irish Republican
commemoration in Hartford CT. was a fundraiser for the Irish
Republican POW’s held today in British controlled dungeons
in Ireland and England. The fundraiser was sponsored by the
Waterbury AOH (Freedom for all Ireland Committee) The event
which was held at the Local Public House, in Waterbury CT.
was a huge success.
Proceeds from the
event will go to Cabhair towards the support of today’s
families of Irish Republican POW’s.
A huge thank you goes out to
all who were involved in promoting this event, and a video
has been produced by Cumann Na Saoirse Naisiunta for all who
could not attend.