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Tuesday, 12th June 2018

Duleek 1916-1981 monument commemoration

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The 1916-1981 monument at Duleek.

Duleek 1916-1981 monument committee will hold a commemoration in Duleek on Saturday 16th June which coincides with the 10th anniversary of the official unveiling of the hunger strike monument.

The event will commence at 6pm with a march from the village green to the monument and memorial garden on Station Road. Guest speakers will be Cáit Trainor from Armagh and Drogheda man Anthony McIntyre, a former blanket man in the H-Blocks during the hunger strike in 1981.

Spokesperson Thomas Lynch said it is hard to believe that the monument and memorial garden in the village are open ten years. Since then there have been numerous commemorations at the site and all have been very well attended. The Duleek 1916-1981 Monument Committee are a non-party political organisation and everyone are welcome to attend commemorations.

The monument itself has become a well-known landmark throughout Ireland and further afield. Last September on the 100th anniversary of the death of Thomas Ashe (leader of the Battle of Ashbourne in 1916) a live interview with Cáit Trainor was aired on radio from the monument with Martin Galvin in New York. The monument has been recognised in the top ten monuments throughout the country in the past few years.

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Thomas continued, the support from local businesses and the immediate community in Duleek has help fund the upkeep of the monument and all the support is much appreciated. A ballad session will take place in the Greyhound Bar in Duleek following the commemoration with music by “Shoe the Donkey”.

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