Hunger Strike Documents: Kevin Lynch Honoured
Kevin Lynch Honoured
An Camchéacta/The Starry Plough, September 1982

Sunday August 1st saw the commemoration of the first anniversary of the death of Hunger Striker Kevin Lynch from Dungiven, Co. Derry. The procession from the local bus depot was led by the Kevin Lynch Memorial Flute Band. In accordance with the solemnity of the occasion the colours were carried furled, the drums draped in black and each member of the band wore a black arm band. As the band moved off the hushed crowd of 2,000 fell in behind the wreath bearers and the Lynch family.

The very obvious force of RUC and British Army were ignored by all those who attended the march.

The ceremony at the grave side was chaired by A. Hegarty, Chairman of the Kevin Lynch Memorial Committee, which was responsible for the raising of funds for the high black marble celtic cross over the grave.

After the last post, the memorial was unveiled by Mrs. Bridie Lynch, Kevin's mother. This was followed by the laying of wreaths on behalf of the Lynch family, the INLA, the North West Comhairle Ceantair IRSP, and numerous clubs and associations called afer Kevin Lynch, including Memorial Flute Band, the Memorial Committee, the football and Hurling clubs. One which received prominence was that from Liam McCloskey, who was Kevin's lifelong friend and who replaced him on hunger strike last year.

Tony O'Hara spoke then on behalf of the Ard Comhairle IRSP. He detailed the call of the IRSP for a boycott of the forthcoming elections in the six counties and asked all present to work to ensure that Prior's assembly would end up where it belonged, in the dust bin.

Teresa Moore then spoke on behalf of the North West Comhairle Ceantair. She paid tribute to the sacrifice an suffering of Kevin Lynch and his family. She also detailed the generosity and solidarity expressed by the people of Dungiven.

The Chairman then thanked those present especially the contingent from Waterford and Noraid.

As the massive crowd dispersed it was obvious that the people have not forgotten Kevin Lynch and the sacrifice of his nine comrades who died last year. Nor have they forgotten the suffering of the families of all the 20 hunger strikers. It was clear that there was still a resolve and determination to continue the same struggle for National Liberation and to continue to build the only fitting memorial to the ten hunger strikers... a Socialist Republic.


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