Teach na Failte Hunger Strike Exhibition

Tonight The Pensive Quill carries a flyer from Alex McGuigan about an upcoming event pertaining to the hunger strikes. Alex McGuigan is Chairperson of the Belfast Irish Republican Socialist Party.

The Irish Republican Socialist prisoner's support group, Teach na Failte, in Belfast are hosting a H-Block Hunger Strikes exhibition and a series of public discussions over a three day period, beginning on Wednesday 11th April and lasting until Friday 13th April, in the Cliftonville Community Centre, Manor Street in the north of the city.

The Hunger Strikes' exhibition will be open to the public from 11am-5pm and 6pm-9pm daily.

The exhibition will include prison craft and artefacts from the H-Blocks and Armagh Gaol. Photographic displays will chronicle the mass H Block protest campaign outside the prisons, including the formation of the Relatives Action Committees/H Block-Armagh Committees, including the major input of the Irish Republican Socialist Party into their successful dynamic.  The Hunger Strikes exhibition will also pay tribute to IRSP H Block activists, Ronnie Bunting, Noel Little, Miriam Daly, IIP leader John Turnley and other activists who were assassinated by pro-British death-squads during the height of the H Block campaign.

On Wednesday 11th April at 6pm there will be a public discussion on the events and recent revelations surrounding the 1981 Hunger Strike, with a provisional panel of guest speakers including:

•    Richard O'Rawe, former Provisional IRA H Block PRO during the 1981 Hunger Strike and author of  the best-selling books 'Blanketmen' and it's sequel, 'Afterlives'

•    Willie Gallagher, former INLA POW and IRSP Political Prisoners spokesperson

•    Rab Collins, former O/C INLA prisoners during the 1981 Hunger Strike

On Thursday 12th April, at 2pm there will be a public meeting on the impact of the Hunger Strikes with a panel of guest speakers, including:

•    John Nixon, former INLA Hunger Striker

•    Tony O'Hara, former INLA POW and brother of INLA Hunger Striker, Patsy O'Hara

•    Gerard Hodgins, former Provisional IRA Hunger Striker

•    A former Loyalist H Block prisoner

For further details contact the event coordinators:

Gerry Foster,
Teach na Failte,
Costello House,
392a Falls Road,
Telephone: (028) 90323416
Paul Little: 07590384792.

1 comment:

  1. Good that the Republican Socialist Movement is willing to discuss issues that many others shy away from