City Hall Unveiling

December 12, 2011 · Print This Article

A print bearing a quote from Bobby Sands was unveiled in Belfast City Hall last Thursday, 8th December, by the former IRA leader of the blanket men, Brendan ‘Bik’ McFarlane. The print is a copy of a canvass painted by muralist and former republican POW Gerry ‘Mo Chara’ Kelly in New York and which hangs on the city-facing wall of the Falls Library. Among those present were Joe McDonnell’s sister, Maura, and Kieran Doherty’s brother, Michael.

Brendan described the families of the hunger strikers as amongst the most courageous people he had ever met, praising their steadfastness and commitment.

The leader of the Sinn Féin group on Belfast Council, Jim McVeigh, spoke of the pride and respect that republicans have for the H-Block martyrs and their families. He said that it was important that City Hall reflected the changing face of politics in Belfast by displaying republican imagery.

“The City Hall needs to reflect the aspirations and views of the nationalist electorate of the city and we will play our part by honouring the hunger strikers who are held in the highest of esteem by our people”. (Photos by Peadar Whelan)


2 Responses to “City Hall Unveiling”

  1. Don Culotta on December 13th, 2011 1:31 am

    May our comrade, the honorable MP PIRA OC POW Bobby Sands of the british Long Kesh Concentration Camp in the Occupied 6 North of Ireland, rest in peace. This is a dedication to not only his determination and bravery in the face of nazism revisited, but, a testament to ALL of our brave martyrs of ’81. The solidarity shown by our brothers proved to the whole world that we were united then and we still are united today. Never forget our sisters in the brit concentration camp system North of Ireland. Bobby was very proud of them and I am sure he still looks down on us, the Fenian men and women, with pride. Very nice work and I am thankful that you shared this with us. Long live the 32.

  2. brian law on December 13th, 2011 7:51 am

    No words can describe the courage those brave men showed ,or the horrors they faced ,they shall forever live within the hearts and minds of all true Republicans and will be inspirations for future generations.

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