A rally to commemorate the hunger strikers who died in 1981 takes place at Mullaghmore in County Sligo.

Businesses in Mullaghmore in County Sligo remained shut as some 800 people attended a rally to remember Bobby Sands and other republicans who died on hunger strike in 1981.

Controversially the rally, organised by the local H-Blocks Committee, took place a short distance from the spot where Lord Mountbatten and his boating party were killed by an Irish Republican Army (IRA) bomb in 1979.

Outside the gates of Mountbatten's summer residence, Classiebawn Castle there was a strong An Garda Síochána presence, with about 60 guards on duty in the area, however, there were no incidents.

The rally was attended by the mothers of two of hunger strikers, Mary Sands, mother of Bobby Sands and Peggy O'Hara, mother of Patsy O'Hara.

While there was supposed to be a wide platform at the rally, one of the speakers the Independent Socialist councillor Declan Breen was heckled and shouted down when he stated why he did not support paramilitary violence. 

Another speaker received a rapturous response when he stated that anyone who supported the hunger strikers but not the paramilitary campaign was a hypocrite.

Also speaking was Harry Blaney whose brother the Independent Fianna Fáil TD and Member of the European Parliament Neil Blaney had refused to attend the gathering.

After some two hours of speeches, the rally ended with a minute's silence for Sands and his nine fellow hunger strikers. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 July 1983. The reporter is Tommie Gorman.