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World Premiere of Joint US - Ireland Production "1981 in Story and Song"

Féile an Phobail, Ireland’s biggest Community Arts Festival, will premiere a feature length program of reflections and songs on 1981.

The event will be broadcast at 3.00pm Eastern, October 3rd on the their YouTube Channel Program Director Tony Devlin gave a rundown ahead of Sunday’s screening.

“Political prisoners from Armagh Women’s jail and men from Long Kesh, w speak candidly about their experiences.. It is very much their story. “This feature length production is the culmination of many months of work, both here in Ireland and in the United States"

New York Attorney Marty Glennon, who co-produced the program, said: “1981 was a watershed year in modern Irish history. Bobby Sands led a Hunger Strike for political status in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh and was elected as MP for Fermanagh/South Tyrone before his death on 5th May 1981 after 66 days on Hunger Strike." “The Hunger Strike would span the entire summer of that year and result in the deaths of ten young Irishmen. “It garnered the attention of the world and focused international attention on the British Government’s policies in Ireland. “The story of the 1981 Hunger Strike must be told in its entirety both here in Ireland and internationally and I was honored to be involved as a Co-Producer.”

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