Máire Drumm

Máire Drumm
Born Máire McAteer
(1919-10-22)October 22, 1919
Newry, County Down
Died October 28, 1976(1976-10-28) (aged 56)
Belfast, County Antrim
Cause of death Assassinated by Ulster loyalist paramilitaries
Nationality Irish
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
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) James Drumm (1946-2001)
Children Séamus, Seán, Margaret, Catherine and Máire
Máire Drumm's grave
A mural in Belfast showing Drumm at Bodenstown
Drumm's memorial in Killean

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.[1]

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.

On 28 October 1976, Maíre Drumm was shot dead in her hospital bed in a joint operation by the Ulster Volunteer Force and the Ulster Defence Association.[2]


Drumm's speeches and quotations can be found on murals across Northern Ireland. These include:


Party political offices
Preceded by
Dáithí Ó Conaill and
Joe Clarke
Vice-President of Sinn Féin
with Dáithí Ó Conaill

Succeeded by
Dáithí Ó Conaill and
Joe Cahill
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