Crip McWilliams sister Annemarie(nee Crawford)spoke at this event,lost in translation and copied,would’ve been corrected as Dorothy was Maguire and maura was misspelled, this wouldn’t go unnoticed as friends and family were in attendance, it’s somewhat bittersweet as its Mother’s Day in the states which falls on a different day in Ireland.
Ive copied the words below from Annemarie (nee Quinn’s) page and I’m sure she won’t mind. This was another fund raiser for our memorial garden plaque to be erected in September of this year. Many thanks to all who made the night.
Such a night in O’Ds last night, Fri, with a panel of three ex Armagh POWs addressing the crowd. They talked of being arrested, interned, sentenced and the situation of change due to the ’76 criminalisation policy.
Between them they witnessed the Ballymurphy massacre, the Springhill massacre, the bombing of Kelly’s bar and suffered the loss of their great friends and family Ann Marie Pettigrew, Anne Parker, Dorothy and Marie Meehan. And many more. It was the Ballymurphy Republican women’s story and they brought back so many memories for every one there. Loretta Moore give a historical context on the equality of the men and women in struggle. The POWs before and after the criminalisation policy appreciated and devoured their educational achievements because this did not exist for the blanket men/ women. Their comradeship, friendship and sneaky parcels at Mass did always exist and that bond will always remain. Very proud of the Ballymurphy ex POWs Maire Cush, Annmarie Mccarthy, Marie Gavaghan, Susie Vallely, Margaret Shannon, Anne Vallelly, Katrina Pettigrew, Rosie Nolan, Mo Delaney, Kate O’Rawe, Chris Clarke, Brenda Murphy and especially Kate Conlon. They also spoke of the role of all our mothers, which brought a tear to my eye. The terrorism we lived under from the British govt. And the sectarian elitists that brought about our conditions and the murder of our hunger strikers will never be forgotten. The dignity and self respect of these women will carry us to a brighter day in a free Ireland.
With many thanks to: Friends of Maura & Dorothy group page – Ballymurphy Republican Ex-prisoners Association.