Tributes paid to prominent Republican Sinn Fein member

July 28, 2014

The Republican Sinn Fein family has come together to pay tribute to one of its most prominent and hard-working members who passed away recently.

Sarah Hollywood Murphy, a life-long member of the party and the south Armagh PRO, died on Monday July 21st.

In a statement, Ms Murphy’s south Armagh colleagues paid tribute to her tireless work on behalf of republican prisoners, describing her as “a woman with a social and political conscience”.

While living in Ardoyne, Belfast in the late 1960’s, Sarah Hollywood Murphy joined the Civil Rights movement, helped establish the group’s north Belfast branch and took part in the march from Coalislaned to Dungannon in 1968.

She later joined Sinn Féin and worked with other republicans including Maire Drumm and Leo Martin to set up a Sinn Féin office at Dunville Park on the Falls Road with Sean Caughey. Sarah was a very active Republican and was deeply involved in the campaign against internment from 1971 to 1975.

When her family home was attacked in 1974, the family moved to Newry where Sarah continued to be actively involved in the Republican Movement, holding the position of Secretary of the South Armagh H-Block Committee during the Blanket protest and the H-Block Hunger Strikes.

Up to her death, Mrs Hollywood Murphy remained a member of Republican Sinn Féin  and was a prominent member of the National Graves Association for Newry and south Armagh.

Paying tribute to their colleague, a spokesperson for RSF said: “She worked tirelessly to highlight the internment of Martin Corey and called for his and Marian Price’s release, she considered both as political hostages. Political prisoners were always close to her heart and she highlighted right up until her death the dreadful conditions in Roe House, Maghaberry jail, County Antrim, faced by current Republican Prisoners.

“Throughout her years in the Republican Movement, Sarah was never afraid to speak her mind and stand up for what she believed in. She matched her words with deeds and will be sadly missed by all her friends and comrades in Republican Sinn Féin.”