17 March 2006

Derry IRSP Relaunch Celebration Of Resistance 1981 Committee

Derry Journal

Friday 17th March 2006

The Celebration of Resistance 1981 Committee, originally launched in October 2000 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Hungerstrikes, has been reformed. Spokesperson for the committee Martin McMonagle said that every effort will be made in the coming months to highlight the political battles that the prisoners faced in the H-Blocks and Armagh leading up to and including 1981.
"In 2001 the Celebration of Resistance Committee launched a booklet and a website and both were hugely successful. The booklet entitled 'Memories of 1981' was a collection of personal accounts of the period of the 1981 hungerstrike from family members, comrades and friends of the hungerstrikers. We hope to launch an updated version in the coming months" he said. "We would like to appeal to the people of Derry for items relating to the 1981 period to be lent to us in order to put them on display at upcoming events this year. We would particularly like to see photographs, posters and any other memorabilia from the period relating to the hungerstrikers and the campaign for political status." Mr McMonagle added that the committee also plan to unveil two plaques in remembrance of INLA volunteers Patsy O'Hara and Mickey Devine later this year. For further information on the committee contact the Teach na Failte office in Unit 14 Lenamore Business Park or telephone 028 71 353 090 between 11.00am and 3.00pm weekdays.

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