Saoradh marks hunger-striker’s anniversary with black flag vigil

May 21, 2018

Republican political group Saoradh held a black flag vigil at Raymond McCreesh Park in Newry on Sunday to mark the 37th anniversary of the Camlough-born hunger striker’s death.

Police maintained a visible presence closeby following controversy earlier in the week when Saoradh’s decision to hold the event in the city centre playpark sparked criticism.

The vigil was chaired by Saoradh An Iúir chairperson Oliver White, with speakers including the organisation’s Newry representative Stephen Murney and invited guest speaker former IRA prisoner, Nuala Perry.  Ms Perry told those gathered that Irish Republicans owed Raymond McCreesh a “a debt of honour” for the sacrifice he made by losing his life after 61 days of hunger strike so that “Irish Republicans would never again be stigmatised or criminalised”.

The event passed off peacefully without incident.