October 22, 1919
Newry, County Down
|Died||October 28, 1976
Belfast, County Antrim
|Cause of death||Assassinated by Ulster loyalist paramilitaries|
|Known for||Civil rights leader, public orator and figurehead of the republican movement|
|Title||Vice President of Sinn Féin|
|Term||1972 - 1976|
|Political party||Sinn Féin|
|Spouse(s)||James Drumm (1946-2001)|
|Children||Séamus, Seán, Margaret, Catherine and Máire|
Máire Drumm (22 October 1919 – 28 October 1976) was the vice president of Sinn Féin and a commander in Cumann na mBan. She was killed by Ulster loyalists while recovering from an eye operation in Belfast's Mater Hospital.
Born in Newry, County Down to a staunchly Irish republican family. Drumm's mother had been active in the War of Independence and the Civil War. Drumm grew up in the village of Killean, County Armagh, where she played camogie. She was active in the republican movement after meeting her husband, a republican prisoner, and became involved in the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association in the 1960s and worked to rehouse Catholics forced from their homes by loyalist intimidation.
She was jailed twice for seditious speeches. After she was released from HM Prison Armagh, raids on her house by the security forces escalated, her health began to fail and she was admitted to the Mater Hospital, Belfast.
Drumm's speeches and quotations can be found on murals across Northern Ireland. These include:
- "The only people worthy of freedom are those who are prepared to go out and fight for it every day, and die if necessary."
- "We must take no steps backward, our steps must be onward, for if we don't, the martyrs that died for you, for me, for this country will haunt us forever."
- Tribute Press release issued by Ruairí Ó Brádaigh on the death of Máire Drumm.
- Mural Directory CAIN Web Service (Conflict Archive on the Internet) - Mural Directory
- Ed Moloney (2007-03-28). A secret History of the IRA. W. W. Norton & Company. Retrieved 2002. Check date values in:
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