The Republican Network for Unity will present the Inaugural Óglach. Martin Meehan Memorial Lecture next Friday evening, November, 21st at 8pm in the Crumlin Star Social Club in Ardoyne. The Lecture will primarily focus on Martin's remarkable life in the struggle for Irish Freedom.
The Irish Republican Icon, served a number of lengthy prison sentences, was Interned twice by the British and Stormont governments and was the victim of a blatant miscarriage of justice during the recent Conflict. The prominent IRA Volunteer, was one of the city's longest-serving Republican Prisoners and spent decades incarcerated in Crumlin Road Gaol, Mountjoy Prison, Cages and H-Blocks of Long Kesh.
Martin was a former Hunger-Striker and devoted much of his life to improving conditions for Irish Political Prisoners for over a generation. Therefore, it is fitting that RNU and the Meehan Family have made Republican Prisoners a central theme of the Crumlin Road Gaol Escapee's first Memorial Lecture. With invitations to the Justice for the Craigavon Two and Cogús to deliver speeches on the night.
The Lecture will be held in Martin's old Club, the Star, where he spent many happy occasions with his friends. The former Antrim Borough Councillor was a proud and life-long member of the Club prior to his sudden death in 2007. No doubt there will be a large turn-out in support a chairde.