06 May 2006

Bobby Sands - commemorations

Daily Ireland

**From yesterday

Twenty-five years ago today Bobby Sands MP died on hunger strike in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh jail - He made the ultimate sacrifice in the battle for Irish freedom while incarcerated in prison, becoming an icon to people fighting for justice around the world - A quarter of a century later, his memory is alive and his legacy continues ‘in the laughter of our children’


Image Hosted by ImageShack.usWith the 25th anniversary of the death of Bobby Sands upon us, Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams is calling on republicans across the city to attend the events organised to mark Bobby’s death on hunger strike.
“The fifth of May is a very significant date in West Belfast,” said Mr Adams.
“Twenty-five years ago, Bobby Sands took on the British government and their attempts to criminalise him. Bobby died on hunger strike on this day and, for many, this still will be a very emotional time.”
Below is a list of the events taking place in various areas over the next few days to commemorate the hunger strike.

Friday, May 5
2–7.30pm: Roddy McCorley’s Social Club
Hunger strike exhibition in Tom Williams Room
5–6pm: Black flag vigil on the Falls Road, Springfield Road, Andersonstown Road and Stewartstown Road.
The gathering points at 5pm are as follows:
• Falls Road Sinn Féin Centre, Sevastopol Street
• Beechmount Avenue/Falls Road
• Whiterock Road/Falls Road junc
• Top of the Monagh Road
• Connolly House, Andersonstown Road
• Mairead Farrell Sinn Féin Office at the Dairy Farm Centre
8.30pm: Devenish Complex
24th annual Bobby Sands lecture delivered by Robert McBride, followed by music from Frances Black and The Scór.

Saturday, May 6
1pm: Balmoral Hotel
Talkback focusing on legacy of the hunger strikes. Panelists will include John Finucane, Chris McGimpsey, Toiréasa Ní Fhearaíosa and Alan McBride who lost relatives in the Shankill bomb of 1993.
4pm: GAA pitches of St Paul’s, Sarsfields and Rossa
Finals of an underage GAA blitz.
5.30pm: Julie Livingstone Memorial, Lenadoon Avenue/Stewartstown Road junction
Wreath-laying ceremony, rally and march, via Lenadoon Avenue, to Roddy McCorley’s Social Club.
6.30pm: Roddy McCorley’s Social Club
Family and friends of the hunger strikers to lay wreaths at trees dedicated to the 12 hunger strikers in the club’s grounds, followed by an oration by Gerry Adams. Entertainment inside club.
8pm: Andersonstown Social Club (PD)
Republican activists from the 1980/1981 period talk about their experiences.

Sunday, May 7
1pm: Dairy Farm Complex, Stewartstown Road.
March from complex to Twinbrook where Robert McBride will unveil a sculpture dedicated to the hunger strikers. Unveiling of a mural to hunger strikers will also take place.
2pm: Roddy McCorley’s Social Club
Discussion entitled The Hunger Strike Period in Lenadoon followed by poetry, readings and songs by the Roddy McCorley’s Writers’ Group.
3pm: Twinbrook Pitches
Cumann na Fuiseoige take on Dungiven’s Kevin Lynch Club in their inaugural hurling match.
8pm: Andersonstown Social Club (PD)
Event with prominent speakers and entertainment.

The North Antrim 1981 Committee has also organised a series of events.
Saturday, May 6: Division 2 hurling tournament starting at council pitches, Ballycastle at 3pm. A hunger-strike exhibition will take place in the Antrim Arms between 11am – 7.30pm. This will be followed by an Irish night in the Antrim Arms.
Sunday, May 7: Division 1 hurling tournament starting at 11am. Hunger-strike exhibition will resume at the Antrim Arms between 11am – 7.30pm. A commemoration parade will take place at 3pm in Ballycastle and will be followed by an open air concert in the Diamond.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usA hunger-strike exhibition will visit the following venues this summer. For more information call 028 90223000.

Click photo to download .pdf of Daily Ireland's front page for this day

May 5: 12 noon to 4pm Belfast
May 5: 6pm to 10pm Belfast
May 6&7: Ballycastle Antrim Arms
May 9,10&11: Cultúrlann, Belfast
May 12: Buncrana, Co Donegal
May 13: St John’s GAA Belfast
May 14: Clougher, Co Tyrone
May 18: Navan, Co Meath
May 20: South Armagh
May 21 – 26: Derry
May 27&28: Enniskillen
June 2,3&4: Dundalk, Co Louth
June 5 – 10: North Belfast
June 11,12,13&14: England
June 16,17&18: South Derry
June 23&24: Monaghon youth camp
July 7 – 9: Cork
July 13&14: Coalisland, Gallbally
July 15: Dublin South Central
July 16: Ballyconnell, Co Cavan
July 22: Carnlough, Co Antrim
July 23: Mount Charles, Co Donegal
July 24 – 28: Dungiven, Co Derry
July 30: Gortahork, Co Donegal
July 31 – Aug 4: Armagh City
Aug 5&6: Waterford
Aug 7 –10: Upper Springfield SF, Belfast
Aug 11: POW Day, Felons, Belfast
Aug 12: Belfast
Aug 13: National H-block rally
Aug 18 – 20: Tipperary
Aug 25: Gweedore, Co Donegal
Aug 26&27: Dunloy, Co Antrim
Sept 2: Bellaghy, Co Derry
Sept 5 – 11: Paris
Sept 16: Aughram, Co Wicklow
Sept 17: Co Laois Mountmellick
Sept 23: Killkenny
Sept 24 –30: England
Oct: 1 – 3: Scotland
Oct 27 – 30: Castleblaney, Co Monaghan

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