Newly refurbished monument to Camlough Hunger Striker nears completion

August 9, 2011

by Brónagh Murphy

The unveiling of the newly-refurbished Raymond McCreesh Monument in Camlough will take place this Saturday, August 13th, at 3.00pm.

The original monument was erected in 1991 to mark the tenth anniversary of the Long Kesh Hunger Strike and, in particular, Camlough-born man, Raymond McCreesh, who died on Hunger Strike on May 24th 1981.

A Memorial committee, formed in the Spring of 1991, oversaw the erection of the monument, which is situated on the main Newry Road on the outskirts of the village.

Founding committee members, Chairman Paddy Lynch, Secretary Emmett Byrne and the Treasurer Des Fearon have since passed away but the remaining and new monument committee members remain very active, maintaining the monument in excellent condition for the last 20 years.

After vandalism and serious damage to the monument, the committee worked tirelessly raising much needed funds to replace the cross, install lights and recording cameras. Their newest project is erecting a new granite wall, fence and kerbs around the monument, for which further fundraising is much needed.

Committee Chairman, Des Murphy, said: ” It is most rewarding and encouraging to see the people of the area, after 30 years, freely giving up of their time and skills to maintain and honour the memory of Vol. Raymond McCreesh.”

Mr Murphy also welcomed everyone to the unveiling ceremony on this Saturday at 3.00pm.