Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris will be in Dundalk and Drogheda on Saturday 9th December to launch ‘Ireland’s Hunger For Justice’ the story of Ireland’s 22 hunger strikers.
The book was compiled in County Kerry by the Tomás Aghas (Ashe) Centenary Memorial Committee consisting of Martin Ferris TD, John Buckley, Pól Ó Clúbháin, Seán Ó Braoin, Éamonn deBairéad, Seán Ó Luing and Tadhg Ó Duinneacha.
The purpose of the Committee was to commemorate the centenary of Tomás Ashe whose death occurred on 25th September 1917.
Deputy Martin Ferris said “What we set out to do was to honour the memory of Tomás Ashe and while we discussed Ashe’s life and death we realised that there were 21 others who also gave their lives on hunger strike from 1917 to 1981. We decided to write a short book detailing as much as possible, the story of each of these brave men. Some died in British jails but others too died in Irish jails and have almost been written out of history.”
“I am honoured to have played a small role in bringing this book to print, hunger strike was sometimes the only option republican prisoners had to use, the suffering and sacrifice of these 22 brave men should never be forgotten.”
“This is the first time that their stories will all be told in the one book and I am looking forward to launching it in County Louth on Saturday.
Martin Ferris TD will be in Muirhevna Mór Community Centre on Saturday at 12noon and then Barlow House, Narrow West Street in Drogheda at 2.30pm.