Burning of RIC Barracks and survivors of 94-day hunger strike remembered in Ballylanders

Willie Daly, Mikey Daly, Mike Upton, Kieran McDermott, Dave Noonan, Denny O'Dwyer, Stephen Burke, Andy Crawford and Kieran Upton of the Ballylanders Commemoration Committee, pictured at the double plaque unveiling on Sunday. (Photo: Katie Glavin)

As the events of the pattern got underway in Ballylanders over the weekend, Sunday saw a massive turnout for a historic moment as two plaques were unveiled in the heart of the village.

The first plaque was put in place outside the old RIC barracks (now McCormack’s Pharmacy), commemorating the attack, burning and capture of the barracks by the First Galtee Battalion on April 27 1920.

Another plaque, erected on the monument across from the former RIC Barracks, remembered the survivors of the world’s longest political hunger strike, which lasted 94 days and involved four men from Ballylanders.

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