Brendan Hughes Commemoration Committee

Press Release

BRENDAN ‘THE DARK’ HUGHES COMMEMORATIVE LECTURE

THE PLAYHOUSE

DERRY

23rd OCTOBER 2016

The Brendan Hughes Commemoration Committee is pleased to announce that Martin Galvin will deliver the 2016 Brendan Hughes Lecture in Derry (The Playhouse, 7pm on Sunday the 23rd of October).

Previous Brendan Hughes Lecture speakers include Republican Ex-Pows Anthony McIntyre, Tommy McKearney, and Gerard Hodgins as well as International Human Rights lawyer Gareth Peirce, Clare Daly TD and the former Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke.

Introducing the 2016 Brendan Hughes Commemoration Lecturer, Martin Galvin:

Martin Galvin is a New York Lawyer and former National Publicity Director for Irish Northern Aid (Noraid) and editor of the IRISH PEOPLE newspaper. Today he co-hosts Radio Free Éireann (available via wbai.org). Martin is a well-known and well-respected speaker at Republican events across Ireland and the US. For many years, the British government banned him from entering the north of Ireland and the Irish government banned him from being interviewed by the media. In 1984 Belfast man, John Downes, was murdered in cold blood, in front of TV cameras, and score more were injured, when the RUC opened fire as Martin addressed a peaceful rally. In 1989, in Derry City, Martin was seized by British troops and taken to England and placed on a military plane to the United States.

In New York, Martin’s work has been widely recognized, for example,by conferral of the prestigious post of Aide to the Grand Marshal of the New York St Patrick’s Day Parade. This appointment forced the PSNI to withdraw from the parade.

Is mise,

Joe Bell
Chairperson
Brendan Hughes Commemoration Committee