Dr. Conn and Mrs. Patricia McCluskey

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Dr. Conn and Mrs. Patricia McCluskey of Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, were founders of the Campaign for Social Justice in N. Ireland. After extensive lobbying, in Tyrone and other counties, and despite several disappointments it was launched at a press conference in the Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast on 14 January 1964. It undoubtedly was the fore-runner of the N. Ireland Civil Rights Association. Nicra was established. three years later, in January 1967. Mrs. McCluskey (nee McShane), prior to the establishment of CSJ was one of sixty-seven people, mainly women, who founded the Homeless Citizens’ League. After unsuccessful representations to the Urban Council their first marches in Dungannon took place in June 1963. The League was then led by a youthful Mrs. Angela McCrystal.

The League and Campaign’s activities are recorded in Up Off Their Knees. Written by Conn McCluskey, it was published in 1989.

3 thoughts on “Dr. Conn and Mrs. Patricia McCluskey”

  1. Sadly Patricia has now passed away. She leaves behind a great legacy of justice, fairness,decency and respect for other human beings that has influenced so many including myself. May she rest in peace. Alasdair

  2. Rest in Peace Patricia , what a great woman she was.. she was in my care for 7 and 1/6 years . She was just a woman who did not look at what colour you were or where you came from .We just clicked . That explains how caring she was to all humans. RIP Pat ..

  3. Sadly, my father, Dr Peter Gormley, also a co-founder of the CSJ passed away on 8th June 2011. We are very proud of what he and all in the the CSJ did – it took courage to stand up for justice in Northern Ireland. It’s time they were given proper recognition for leading the initial civil rights movement in Northern Ireland.


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