On the 28th of October 1976, Sinn Fein VP Maire Drumm was killed by loyalist murderers while sleeping in her hospital bed in Belfast.
From Ireland's Own Women Freedom Fighters
Máire Drumm —by DM Gould
Máire McAteer was born in Newry, Co Down on 22 November 1919 to a staunchly Republican family. Máire's mother had been active in the War of Independence and the Civil War.
Máire enjoyed physical exercise, and was involved for most of her life in camogie (the female form of hurling).
Máire met James Drumm
, whilst visiting Republican POWs, and they were married in 1946. When the IRA renewed the armed struggle in the late 50s, James was again interned without trial from '57 to '61.
In 1940 Máire joined Sinn Féin. She was also a Volunteer in the Irish Republican Army. Moreover, Máire actively involved in the Civil Rights movements of the 1960s, and worked vehemently on efforts to re-house the thousands of nationalists forced from the homes by unionist intimidation.
During her work as a Civil Rights activist, Máire became an eloquent speaker. She spoke on Republican principles and human rights issues at many rallies and protest meetings. She would eventually be elected to the Ard-Chomhairle of Sinn Féin.