Brothers from around the state of Connecticut gathered in Hartford on Saturday, May 8, for the 40th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1981 Hunger Strikers. The event was sponsored by Irish Northern Aid of Connecticut and held at Bobby Sand Circle. The memorial, which was dedicated in 1997, is the only one of its kind in the United States.
The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Brother Martin Galvin, the chairman of FFAI for AOH. He gave a passionate talk on Sands and all the Hunger Strikers, and also the state of affairs in Ireland at the present time.
Brothers from Divisions in Bridgeport, Danbury, Hartford and Meriden attended the event as did many members of the State Board.
Irish Northern Aid national chairman Rich Lawlor and INA Connecticut chairman Tom McBride did an outstanding job organizing the ceremony.