Ballyhea to end weekly bank debt protest after five years
After 260 Sunday protests through snow, torrential rain and howling gales, Ireland's best-known campaigners will stage their final demonstration.
The 'Ballyhea Says No' group will tomorrow stage their final protest after 11am Mass in the north Cork village - with hundreds expected to attend to show solidarity with a group which inspired anti-austerity support across Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Greece and even Germany.
Dozens of other weekly protests sprang up nationally in the wake of the Ballyhea group staging their first protests every Sunday from March 2011.
A core group of Ballyhea protesters, led by sports journalist Diarmuid O'Flynn, also took their campaign to Europe and North America to highlight the injustice and hardship being suffered by ordinary taxpayers.
The first Ballyhea protest was staged five years ago on March 6, 2011.
"This Sunday is March 6, 2016 and it marks the fifth anniversary of the 'Ballyhea Says No' protest march against the imposition of the unfair, unwarranted and odious bank debt on the people of Ireland," Mr O'Flynn said.
Since 2011, the only Sunday protest missed was on Christmas Day.
"I suppose you could say that the circle is now closed," Mr O'Flynn added.