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Tributes to Irish hunger strikers appear around New York

Tributes to Irish hunger strikers appear around New York

by Kerry O’Shea and Published on Irish Central.


Makeshift memorials to the 10 Irish hunger strikers who died in 1981 have been popping up in Irish enclaves in New York.


A tribute to the Irish hunger strikers at the 46 Street - Bliss Street subway station in Sunnyside, Queens in NYC.A tribute to the Irish hunger strikers at the 46 Street - Bliss Street subway station in Sunnyside, Queens in NYC. @WNYWI, INSTAGRAM


Irish and Irish Americans associated with the O'Donovan Rossa's Astoria GAA club are paying tribute to Irish hunger strikers at sites around New York City that have strong Irish ties.


A series of tributes to the ten Irish men who died while mounting hunger strikes in 1981 have been popping up around New York City in recent months.


Speaking with IrishCentral on Thursday, the owner of the When New York Was Irish account, who doesn’t want his or her identity revealed, said: “A few friends from my GAA club and local community here in Queens have been marking each anniversary of the Hunger Strikers with a memorial in different traditional Irish neighborhoods.


“So far we have done Woodlawn, East Durham, Astoria, and Sunnyside and plan to mark the rest of dates around the five boroughs!”


Read more at Irish Central

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