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Hunger striker and INLA volunteer Patsy O’Hara.

Hunger striker and INLA volunteer Patsy O’Hara.

Rip patsy o'hara

Rip patsy o'hara

RIP

RIP

Óglaigh na hÉireann

Óglaigh na hÉireann

NABNYC: The Irish Hunger Strikers of Long Kesh Prison - H Block

NABNYC: The Irish Hunger Strikers of Long Kesh Prison - H Block

May 5, 1981 Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands died at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland on his 66th day without food. He had just been elected to a seat in Parliament while still serving the last of a 14-year sentence for possession of firearms.    “Our revenge will be our children’s smiles.” - Bobby Sands

May 5, 1981 Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands died at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland on his 66th day without food. He had just been elected to a seat in Parliament while still serving the last of a 14-year sentence for possession of firearms. “Our revenge will be our children’s smiles.” - Bobby Sands

David Turnley: Two Catholic girls walk by a slogan supporting the hunger strikers of the Irish Republican Army and Sinn Fein. Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1988

David Turnley: Two Catholic girls walk by a slogan supporting the hunger strikers of the Irish Republican Army and Sinn Fein. Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1988

Bobby Sands Funeral May 7, 1981

Bobby Sands Funeral May 7, 1981

Hunger striker and INLA volunteer Patsy O’Hara. On Thursday, 21 May, at 11.29 p.m., he died after 61 days on hunger strike at the age of 23. In accordance with his wishes, his parents did not get him the medical intervention needed to save his life.. ***___*** http://www.hungerstrikes.org/funerals/ohara_funeral03.jpg

Hunger striker and INLA volunteer Patsy O’Hara. On Thursday, 21 May, at 11.29 p.m., he died after 61 days on hunger strike at the age of 23. In accordance with his wishes, his parents did not get him the medical intervention needed to save his life.. ***___*** http://www.hungerstrikes.org/funerals/ohara_funeral03.jpg

Hunger Striker Patsy O Hara Mother Peggy O Hara and Brother Tony O Hara at Patsy Funeral 1981

Hunger Striker Patsy O Hara Mother Peggy O Hara and Brother Tony O Hara at Patsy Funeral 1981

Mairead Farrell (1957 – 1988) Irish volunteer of the Provisional Irish Republican Army

Mairead Farrell (1957 – 1988) Irish volunteer of the Provisional Irish Republican Army

In 1981, Irish Republican Army volunteers went on hunger strike to protest the refusal of the British government to recognize their political status.  Rather than concede to the obviousness of the political nature of their incarceration, Thatcher did nothing and 10 men starved to death, including Bobby Sands, who would come symbolize fearless resistance to British imperialism.

In 1981, Irish Republican Army volunteers went on hunger strike to protest the refusal of the British government to recognize their political status. Rather than concede to the obviousness of the political nature of their incarceration, Thatcher did nothing and 10 men starved to death, including Bobby Sands, who would come symbolize fearless resistance to British imperialism.

Maze hunger striker, Raymond McCartney from Derry. October 1980

Maze hunger striker, Raymond McCartney from Derry. October 1980

Michael Devine INLA Hunger Striker

Michael Devine INLA Hunger Striker

Easter Rising 1916 | Sean MacDermott in GPO in Dublin Ireland

Sean MacDermott During The Easter Rising in Dublin

Easter Rising 1916 | Sean MacDermott in GPO in Dublin Ireland