Dundalk as it Happens
Martin Ferris to launch new book on Ireland’s hunger strikers in Dundalk on Saturday
Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris will be in Dundalk this Saturday to launch his new book ‘Ireland’s Hunger for Justice’.
The launch will take place in Muirhevnamor Community Centre at 12 noon. The Kerry TD will also be in Drogheda for a separate launch at 2.30pm in Barlow House on Narrow West Street.
The book tells the story of Ireland’s 22 hunger strikers and was compiled by the Tomás Aghas (Ashe) Centenary Memorial Committee consisting of Ferris, 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.
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,” he said.