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Welcome to our Irish Hungerstrike site dedicated to giving a history of the hunger strike, and the men who sacrificed their lives in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh in Ireland, rather than allow the British government to class them as criminals.
Why go to such lengths?
Read on to find out why the Irish Hungerstrikes of 1981 became an epic battle of wills between the Irish Republican prisoners, and the British Government.
The hunger strike of 1981 was one of, if not the most influential periods in the IRA's long campaign to remove Britains' role from irish politics. It not only thwarted Britain's plans to criminalise the IRA prisoners in the H-Blocks, but concentrated world wide media attention on the war in Ireland, paving the way for Sinn Fein's entrance into the political arena and the electoral successes that followed.
Ten men, ten Irish Republican volunteers paid the ultimate sacrifice during those summer months of 1981. Bobby Sands, Francis Hughes, Raymond McCreesh, Patsy O'Hara, Joe McDonnell, Martin Hurson, Kevin Lynch, Tom McElwee, Kieran Doherty and Mickey Devine.Their names are written on the hearts and minds of every Irish Republican in Ireland and abroad.
Everyone, Republican or otherwise has their own particular part to play.No part is too great or too small, no one is too old or too young to do something.
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