19 May 2006

Events honour two hunger strikers

Daily Ireland


A series of events is being held in the Falls area of west Belfast this weekend to mark the 25th anniversary of the deaths of the hunger strikers Raymond McCreesh and Patsy O’Hara.
The weekend of events is being launched tonight at 7pm in the Cultúrlann, 216 Falls Road. A video screening and national hunger-strike exhibition will be followed by a short talk by Seán Murray. Free refreshments will be provided.
Tomorrow will see a Gaelic football blitz for the Raymond McCreesh/Patsy O’Hara Cup at O’Donnell’s GAA pitch at McRory Park on the Whiterock Road, starting at 1pm. The games will involve teams from the Beechmount, Clonard, Falls, and St James’s areas.
The cup will be presented at a function in the Foresters Club on Albert Street, starting at 8pm. Shebeen will provide the music. Tickets cost £5.
On Sunday, a black flag vigil will start at 2pm. The assembly points are: Sevastopol Street Sinn Féin centre; corner of Beechmount Avenue; top of St James’s Road.
St Mary’s College at 191 Falls Road will host the event Talk Back: The Legacy of the 1981 Hunger Strike at 3pm.
The panellists will include former Sinn Féin publicity director Danny Morrison, ex-Armagh prisoner Mary McConville, former hunger strikers Bernard Fox and Pat Sheehan, and an IRSP spokesperson.
Sinn Féin assembly member Fra McCann, a former blanket man, will chair the discussion.

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