Three venues invite NICRA co-founder to speak
Derry author and life-long community activist, Fionnbarra O’Dochartaigh, has been invited by three venues to recall his memories dating back to the early 1950s. Being a pivotal activist he was one of four key organisers issued with a Stormont banning order, three of whom were arrested early next day, within hours of RUC attacks on marchers in Duke Street on October 5th1968.
The first talk will take place at the Nerve Visual Gallery at 12.30 on Tuesday, 16th, which forms part of the former British military barracks at Ebbrington. This venue now houses an extensive Tower Museum exhibition which focuses on diverse subjects such as Bridget Bond of the Housing Action Committee, Springtown Camp, and much more besides.
On Friday 19th, the invited speaker will read one of his own poems, Brave friends forever, at the Seamus Heaney Home Place in Bellaghy. O’Dochartaigh’s personal exhibition will be on display and the lecture is timed for 7pm.
The last venue will be at the Free Derry Museum on Thursday 25th commencing at 7pm. The talk will be part of the MoFD’s “50 Days-50Years” program which has as a central focus the gains made by the mass movement on the streets for civil rights following the brutality at Duke Street. The MoFD also houses a civil rights archives to which several ’68 veterans and others have donated items over several years.
O’Dochartaigh’s talk at the MoFD will include references to the original poster he designed and had speedily printed as pivotal to defying the Minister of Home Affairs’ banning order. Both what is believed to be the last surviving “Red, White, & Blue” ’68 poster, and the actual banning order issued by William Craig, were presented to the MoFD in December 2010 during the launch of one of his illustrated titles, “IRELAND – England’s Vietnam 1960s-1990s.
With many thanks to: ©Fionnbarra O’ Dochartaigh for the original posting.