McCartney launches National Hunger Strike Commemoration 2018.

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA and Former Hunger Striker Raymond McCartney has announced that the annual National Hunger Strike commemoration will take next month in Castlewellan, Co Down on Sunday 5th August at 2pm.

Raymond McCartney said

“The prison struggle of the late 1970s and early 1980s were without any doubt a key moment in the Irish struggle for freedom and justice. And within that period the Hunger Strike of 1981 is of course the defining moment.

“The National commemoration in Castlewellan is one of the biggest events on the Republican calendar and I appeal to the wider Republican community in Derry, to the people of Ireland and international sympathisers to mobilise and show support for the ideals for which the Hunger Strikers gave their all.

“The main speaker will be Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald.

“There will be a number of buses travelling down from Derry , for seats call 02871 377551.

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