‘1981 play is fitting’ – Hazzard

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Monday, April 30th, 2012
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Former Armagh blanket men pictured at the ‘1981’ launch earlier this year: Paddy Quinn, Seanie McGerrigan, Freddie Toal and Paddy Murphy along with Sinn Féin councillor Cathy Rafferty.

Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard has said that the play ‘1981’ is a fitting way for South Down to end the commemorations of the 30th Anniversary of the Long Kesh Hungerstrikes. Speaking to Newry Times, Mr Hazzard stated, “Over the past year Republicans have been remembering with dignity and reverence the sacrifice of the ten brave men who died on Hungerstrike in Long Kesh during 1981. In order to close the year the play ‘1981’ is being performed in the Lodge Cultural Centre in Castlewellan on the 5th May at 8pm.  The 5th of May being the 31st Anniversary of the death of Bobby Sands. The play written and performed by Tony Devlin has already been reviewed to critical acclaim for its reflection not only of the Hungerstrike in Long Kesh but also the ancient Irish use of ‘Cealacán’ where it was used as a weapon of shame. By all accounts it is a powerful drama that shouldn’t be missed.” “The Hungerstrikes of 1981,” added Hazzard, “changed the history of Ireland and affected everyone on this island over the age of thirty so I would urge people to come along and see this play that explores the Hungerstrikes its impact and its legacy. People can get tickets from the following outlets: Rogers Newsagents, JR Discount Stores Castlewellan, the Dublin Road Minimart, Kilcoo or the Sinn Féin Offices in Castlewellan, Warrenpoint or Downpatrick.”
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