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Thursday 17 April 2014

Hungers strikers remembered in Drogheda

REPUBLICANS from Co Louth and Meath gathered in Drogheda on Saturday to remember the 22 men who died on Hunger Strike

The parade led by a republican colour party and the Rising Phoenix band from Dublin marched from Bolton Square to the Grove Hill.

A monument erected on Grove Hill in 2006 bears the names of the 22 hunger strikers from Thomas Ashe 1917 to Mickey Devine 1981. At the monument Sinn Féin Cllr Pearse McGeough laid a wreath on behalf of Louth Comhairle Ceantair.

A speech was given by veteran Tyrone republican Stan Corrigan, who himself spent time in prison with Martin Hurson who was the sixth of the 1981 hunger strikers to die. Stan Corrigan was imprisoned during the 70's for possession of explosives.

The commemoration ended with the signing of Amhrán Na bhFiann and was organised by Sinn Féin and chaired by party representative Eimear Ferguson.

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