A FORMER IRA hunger striker will address a Sligo gathering as part of a peace building programme.
A former IRA hunger striker will address a Sligo gathering as part of a peace building programme.
Laurence McKeown (57), a native of Randalstown, County Antrim, Northern Ireland spent 70 days on hunger strike in 1981.
The 1981 Hunger Strike is the topic of the talk that will take place on Tuesday 18 June at 7.30 pm at Sligo Central Library.
It is part of Paths to Commemoration, a PEACE III project aimed at devising ways of publicly marking significant historic events.
McKeown joined the IRA at 17 and in August 1976 was charged with causing explosions and the attempted murder of a member of the RUC.
In April 1977, McKeown was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Maze Prison.
He took part in the hunger strike aimed at securing political status for republican prisoners at the jail.
McKeown is now an author, playwright and screenwriter.
The 1981 Hunger Strike was a significant event of the Troubles, galvanising Republican support and attracting worldwide media attention.
By early April 1981, Bobby Sands was elected MP for Fermanagh & South Tyrone.
At the end of August, ten men had died on hunger strike.
McKeown will be speaking of his personal experience of the Hunger Strike.
He will also talk about the arts works he has produced in relation to the hunger strike; the play 'Laughter of Our Children', the feature film 'H3', and short biography of Bobby Sands 'I arose this morning'.