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'Awaiting The Lark' Book Launched

category antrim | miscellaneous | press release author Tuesday August 15, 2006 14:53author by The Lark - Ógra Shinn Féin Report this post to the editors

Hundreds attend launch

Ógra Shinn Féin formally launched their recent publication looking at the hunger strike of 1981 on Saturday 12th August. Awaiting the Lark is a collection of personal memories, recollections and accounts from different republicans about the Hunger Strike of 1981 and was launched in the Felons club in West Belfast. Hundreds of people attended the launch, mostly youth.

Raymond McCartney MLA, Dominic Adams, Michelle Gildernew MP and Seanna Walsh performed the launch.

A number of those who participated at the book launch
A number of those who participated at the book launch

Many of the people who have written for the book were also in attendance.

Colm O’Neill of Ógra Shinn Féin chaired the event while Barry McNally explained the background of the book. Following this Michelle Gildernew Dominic Adams and Raymond McCartney read their extracts from the book. Seanna Walsh then stepped forward to give a brief overview of the prison struggle and in particular the 1981 hunger strike.

A musician was also in attendance and played many songs reflecting on the events surrounded the participants and the hunger strike of 1981. The event then concluded with Amhrán na bhFiann.

Many known republicans have written for the book including former blanket man and hunger-striker Raymond McCartney, former Mayor of Tralee Toireasa Ferris and the current MP for Fermanagh / South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew. Bobby Sands held that same seat in 1981 when the people of Fermanagh/ south Tyrone elected them as their MP. The Book deals with hunger strikes in Crumlin Road jail in the 1970s and Long Kesh in 1980, but deals mainly with the 1981 Hunger Strike and looks at the hunger strike from a youthful perspective.

Related Link: http://www.osf.pro.ie

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Irish Republican Bulletin Board     Saer    Thu Aug 17, 2006 08:28 
   IRBB     Saer    Thu Aug 17, 2006 08:32 
   To IRBB     Peter- Co. Donegal    Thu Aug 17, 2006 12:05 
   What Republicans?     Big Mac    Thu Aug 17, 2006 18:41 
   The Lark wasn't a Jackdaw     Phil    Thu Aug 17, 2006 19:35 
   In De Valera's footsteps     Pete Brickette    Thu Aug 17, 2006 22:54 
   Adams and Apostles     No_Other_Law    Thu Aug 17, 2006 23:20 
   Where are all the former Prisoners?     Big Mac    Fri Aug 18, 2006 18:01 
   On the road to God knows where     Pete Brickette    Fri Aug 18, 2006 20:51 
 10   Stormont?     Kenno    Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:54 


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