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Sunday, February 13, 2011


Three of the twenty-two Irish Hunger-Strikers were remembered today , Sunday 13th February 2011 , at the Annual 'Mayo Hunger-Strikers Commemoration' in Leigue Cemetery , Ballina , County Mayo : Michael Gaughan , Frank Stagg and Seán McNeela. We have been told that all went as planned , with a strong oration delivered by the main speaker , ex-POW , Tyrone man Stephen Daly. A report and pics will be published in the March 2011 issue of 'Saoirse' , which goes to print on Wednesday 9th of that month - unfortunately , we were unable to attend this event , as we had been asked to stay in Leinster to assist with the monthly raffle , which was also held today , Sunday 13th : this raffle not only met its targeted sales figure , but could have done with at least another 100 tickets made available for sale !

The 'Monthly Raffle' drum : guaranteed that your ticket goes in , but no guarantee that it will come out...!

Some 'football' match or other - involving France , I believe ? - was held today and was on view on the giant screens of the hotel we were in , where the raffle was being held - and raffle ticket sales doubled as a result , to the point that two home-made signs were made and displayed , apologising for the fact that no more tickets were available !
Apologisies , again , to those that couldn't get raffle tickets , and Congrats to the eight winners :

Stephen K , ticket number 234 , sold by Gavin / Derek J , 281 , Kevin / Shay C , 428 , Jeff / Dean A , 357 , Gavin / Johnny G , 584 , D1 / Mary K , 157 , Jasper / James M , 009 , Robbie and Anne M , 244 , Seller.

Having to tell dozens of 'raffle-ticket-less' rugby fans that you have no more tickets for sale almost put us in the position that we would have been safer on the pitch ;-) !
Full marks to RSF for the Mayo Commemoration and to CABHAIR for the raffle - two 'jobs' well done!