West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Dromore set to remember Bobby Sands.

Published: 1 May, 2012

Bobby Sands and the 1981 Hunger Strikers are set to be commemorated in Dromore on Saturday. The local Sinn Féin Cumann unveiled the plans for the annual parade earlier this week. The parade is a joint event hosted by the Dromore Memorial Committee and the local Sinn Féin cumann.

Local Sinn Féin councillor Ann Quinn explained:

"The parade has been an annual event in the local Republican Calendar and is an important one given that Bobby Sands represented the area when local people elected him as their MP in 1981. We are proud of the sacrifice of Bobby and the nine other Hunger Strikers who died in 1981 including Tyrone Hunger Striker Martin Hurson. They are held in high esteem both nationally and internationally.

"For people of my generation 1981 although being over 30 years ago seems like yesterday. The emotions and memories of the time are still raw. The Hunger Stike was, of course, the culmination of five years of prison protest including the 'no wash' and blanket protest. The prisoners were left with no other option than to commence a Hunger Strike.

"The parade on Saturday will leave from Saint Patricks Hall at half 8 and will proceed to the memorial to Bobby Sands and the nine other hunger strikers on Church street. There the procession will be addressed by a prominent republican speaker and the event will also include music and song.

Calling upon local people to support the parade councillor Quinn said:

"I would call upon local people to join in the parade in memory of the 1981 Hunger Strikers. Although it has been 31 years from the events of 1981, the Hunger Strike still continues to inspire another generation to continue the struggle for which the ten men gave their lives."CRÍOCH