Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Successful Weekend of Events
On Friday night there was a function in West Belfast, entertainment was provided by the Irish Brigade and Ciaran Murphy. Belfast Republican and ex-POW Tony Catney said a few words about the deteriorating situation in Maghaberry at this event.
On Saturday night local Republicans attended the official launch of The families & Friends of Maghaberry POWs in Newry. This is a local group which covers the Newry, South Down and South Armagh areas. We are an independent Republican group, set up with the sole aim of highlighting the inhumane and brutal conditions endured by Irish Republican Prisoners in Maghaberry. This Irish Night took place in the Railway bar which was filled to capacity with local Republicans including ex-POWs and family members of current POWs. The entertainment was provided by Pól MacAdaim and Ciaran Murphy.
On Sunday hundreds of Republicans once again descended on Maghaberry Gaol where a protest rally was held at the main gate. Tony catney addressed the crowd and introduced recently released political prisoner, Gary Donnelly, from Derry to say a few words. Gary gave a 1st hand account of the horrendous conditions endured by the POWs who in recent weeks have been forced to embark on a form of "Dirty protest".