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1980/81 Hunger Strikes Pt.2

Revolutionary Ireland

Release Date: 08/04/2021

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Revolutionary Ireland

In this episode Lorcan Collins examines the extraordinary life of Máire Comerford. Lorcan conducts an interview with Hilary Dully who has recently edited a memoir written by Máire.

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Revolutionary Ireland

Join Lorcan Collins in this 34th episode of the Revolutionary Ireland Podcast as he looks at the handover of Dublin Castle in 1922. Lorcan interviews Dr. John Gibney, co-author with Kate O'Malley of a new book on the subject, The Handover.

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Revolutionary Ireland

Join Lorcan Collins for episode 33 of the Revolutionary Ireland Podcast, Part 2 of the Seán South podcast. Lorcan discusses Operation Harvest and interviews the family of Fergal O'Hanlon who was killed in action alongside Seán South on New Years Day 1957 during Operation Harvest when the IRA attacked Brookeborough RUC Barracks in Fermanagh, Ireland.

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Revolutionary Ireland

Join Lorcan Collins for episode 32 of the Revolutionary Ireland Podcast as he examines the life of Seán South, the Limerick IRA Volunteer killed in action on New Years Day 1957 when he and his comrades attacked an RUC Barracks in Brookeborough, County Antrim, Ireland as part of Operation Harvest. This is a two part episode and in part one Lorcan interviews his Father Dermot Collins about the FCA. Seán South was a member of the FCA before he joined the IRA.

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Revolutionary Ireland

In this episode Lorcan Collins reads the diary of an eyewitness to the events of Easter Week 1916. Lillian Stokes was living on Raglan Road in Dublin and wrote a detailed diary about everything she heard and saw during the 1916 Rising. Her evocative account is very well written and adds much to the story of 1916.

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Revolutionary Ireland

Join Lorcan Collins as he discusses the Massacre at Ballyseedy on the 7 March 1923 when nine IRA prisoners were tied around a Free State mine and blown up. One man survived to tell the tale. In this episode Lorcan also deals with the Countess Bridge mine and the Caherciveen mine too when the Free State carried out more extra-judicial executions. 

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Revolutionary Ireland

Join Lorcan Collins for the final part of the Blanket Protest, this episode covers the 1981 Hunger Strikes led by Bobby Sands in which ten IRA and INLA Volunteers died in Long Kesh Prison (The H-Blocks). Lorcan is joined by Laurence McKeown who spent 70 days on his hunger strike and Gerry Adams who knew Bobby Sands. Music at the end, Bobby Sands Rhythm of Time by kind permission of Damien Dempsey. 

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Revolutionary Ireland

In this episode, Lorcan Collins examines the escalation of the Blanket and No Wash Protest in Long Kesh (H-Blocks) into the Irish Republican Hunger Strikes of 1980 and 1981. This is part one which deals specifically with the 1980 Hunger Strikes in which no protestor died. In this episode Lorcan also examines the life of Bobby Sands who leads the next Hunger Strike in 1981 which will be discussed in the next episode, part two. Lorcan is joined here by Seanna Walsh who was Bobby Sands' great friend.

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Revolutionary Ireland

In this episode Lorcan Collins is joined by Blanketmen Séanna Walsh and Laurence McKeown. From 1978 the Blanket Protest escalated into the refusal to slop out and the No Wash protest. Lorcan Collins examines the reasons behind this escalation which led to Republican prisoners smearing excrement on their cell walls leading to international attention focusing on the Blanket Protest. This episode covers the years 1978 to 1980 just before the Hunger Strikes began.

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Revolutionary Ireland

In 1976 Ciaran Nugent became the first man to refuse to wear the prison uniform when Political Status was removed from Republican and Loyalist prisoners. Ciaran and hundreds of prisoners who came after him wore nothing but the prison blanket. Lorcan Collins examines the history of the five year battle for POW Status for IRA and INLA prisoners in Long Kesh Prison. Special guests are Blanketmen Chopper McCotter and Laurence McKeown who endured a 70 day hunger strike in 1981. Part one is from 1976-78.

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Join Lorcan Collins for the final part of the Blanket Protest, this episode covers the 1981 Hunger Strikes led by Bobby Sands in which ten IRA and INLA Volunteers died in Long Kesh Prison (The H-Blocks). Lorcan is joined by Laurence McKeown who spent 70 days on his hunger strike and Gerry Adams who knew Bobby Sands. Music at the end, Bobby Sands Rhythm of Time by kind permission of Damien Dempsey.