Welcome to our IrishHungerstrike.com. This site is dedicated to the ten brave men who sacrificed their lives in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh in Ireland, rather than allow the British government to class them as common criminals.
It’s important for future generations that we keep their memories alive in Ireland, and throughout world. This tribute site is a small gesture towards that aim.
Read on to discover 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 defining periods in Irish history and the IRA’s long campaign to remove the British from Ireland.
The blanket protests in the H-Blocks and Armagh women’s prison – and the subsequent hungerstrike – not only thwarted Britain’s plans to criminalise the IRA/INLA prisoners, 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, Kieran Doherty, Tom McIlwee and Mickey Devine. Their names are written on the hearts and minds of every Irish Republican in Ireland and abroad.