Republican activists from Lifford and Strabane gathered at the roundabout to unveil a mural dedicated to the 1981 Hunger Strikers, as well as Michael Gaughan and Frank Stagg who died on hunger strike in England in 1974 and 1976 respectively.
Chairperson of the McLaughlin/McGinn Sinn Féin Cumann, Tony McDaid gave a short oration on the context of the prison protests of the 70’s/early 80’s. A lament followed by Amhran na Bfhainn was played by local musician Noel Devine.
Speaking following the event Tony McDaid said, “This mural is our contribution in honouring the sacrifice of the 1981 Hunger Strikers and all who died on hunger strike before them. These were ordinary men in extraordinary circumstances, who chose to stand up and fight against the might of British oppression, and paid the ultimate sacrifice in doing so. We are in the process of finishing their job of ending British rule in our country and creating a new republic, and it’s men like those whom we commemorate here today who inspire us in our activism.”