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1981 – At 2:11 am, Raymond McCreesh dies on hunger strike on the H Blocks in Long Kesh. Later, the same day at 11:29 pm, he is joined in death by his friend and fellow hunger-striker, Patsy O’Hara.

The third of the resolutely determined IRA Volunteers to join the H-Block hunger strike for political status was twenty-four-year-old Raymond McCreesh, from Camlough in South Armagh: a quiet, shy and good-humoured republican, who although captured at the early age of nineteen, along with two other Volunteers in a British army ambush, had already almost three years active republican involvement behind him. 196 altre parole

Irish History

1981 – Francis Hughes, Irish political prisoner, dies on hunger strike, in the H Blocks of Long Kesh.

The death of Francis Hughes at the age of 25 after a 59 day hunger strike in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh. Hughes was such an effective guerrilla fighter that British authorities at one stage named him as the most wanted man in the north of Ireland. 43 altre parole

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Bobby Sands, MP

They have nothing in the whole imperial arsenal that can break the spirit of one Irishman who doesn’t want to be broken”

– Bobby Sands. 103 altre parole


1981 - Bobby Sands begins his hunger strike at Long Kesh prison.

IRA volunteer Bobby Sands commences his hunger strike at Long Kesh prison which would see him die 66 days later ensuring an eternal legacy in IRA and Nationalist history. 160 altre parole

Irish History

1981 - Twenty-seven-year-old Michael "Mickey" Devine, from the Creggan in Derry dies on the 60th day of his hunger strike. He was the third INLA Volunteer to join the H-Block hunger strikers and he was the last of the group to give their lives in order to retain their status as political prisoners.

Twenty-seven-year-old Micky Devine, from the Creggan in Derry city, was the third INLA Volunteer to join the H-Block hunger strike to the death. Mickey Devine took over as O/C of the INLA blanket men in March when the then O/C, Patsy O’Hara, joined the hunger strike but he retained this leadership post when he joined the hunger strike himself. 257 altre parole

Irish History

1981 - Kevin Lynch, political prisoner, dies in Long Kesh prison after seventy-one days on hunger strike.

The eighth republican to join the hunger-strike for political status, on May 23rd, following the death of Patsy O’Hara, was twenty-five-year-old fellow INLA Volunteer Kevin Lynch from the small, North Derry town of Dungiven who had been imprisoned since his arrest in 1976. 16 altre parole

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