Ireland 18771981 is a new exhibition at kilmainham gaol, dublin which charts the use of hunger striking in irish political culture during pivotal moments in our history. It is hoped to build an extensive database reflecting irish lives, giving them a chance to be heard, remembered and to add their voice to the historical record. Top 10 books about the troubles david keenan books the. Gerry adams launches book on hunger strikers at the rose hotel. Family of bobby sands attack graphic novel about ira. The story of the 1981 irish hunger strike paperback. An online publisher of irish history articles, interviews, ebooks and podcasts.
The 1981 irish hunger strike was a hunger protest in northern ireland by irish republican prisoners during the troubles. When you read this book leave politics to one side and read it on a human. The protest began as the blanket protest in 1976, when the british government withdrew special category status prisoner of war rather than criminal status for convicted paramilitary prisoners. Though the uprising itself had been unpopular with most of the irish people, these executions excited a wave of revulsion against the british authorities and turned the dead republican leaders into martyred heroes. Roy, an authority on irish history, leads a group of americans on an. Tmd is as much about the families and loved ones involved as it is about the 10. The 1981 irish hunger strike was the culmination of a fiveyear protest during the troubles by irish republican prisoners in northern ireland. While it is a consuming read, it offers a balanced account of not only the hunger strike, but also the political, social and religious climate in ireland at that time. Great famine, famine that occurred in ireland in 184549 when the potato crop failed in successive years. First interview here the lockout was an industrial dispute that lasted from august 19 to january 1914. The hunger strike and the secret offer that changed irish history. Say nothing is a panoramic history of northern irelands troubles. I chose to read this book because during one of my last trips to gaza, i met one of the men who was supposed to join the 1981 irish hunger strike. Was ira hunger striker bobby sands as romantic a figure as 66 days paints.
Biting at the grave the irish hunger strikes and the politics of despair. Helen mirren stars in this movie about families of ira hunger strikers. Hunger strike, edited by danny morrison signed by danny. Trinity by leon uris one of the first books i read about the troubles, way back in 1972, this is epic fiction bordering on soap. Make sure to add these irish classics to your reading list. Its well known that us irish have the famous gift of the gab and over the years this has translated into some of the most memorable stories ever put. Learn more about irish history and heritage full of ancient myth and folklore. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. Top american libraries canadian libraries universal library community texts project gutenberg biodiversity heritage library childrens library.
The 20 books every irish american should read the new. Richard englishs brilliant book offers a detailed history of the ira, providing. Printed to coincide with the 30th anniversary events to mark the 19801981 hunger strikes. Learn about these books and their authors and help yourself to a digital bookshelf of classic irish history. His books title refers to the wary atmosphere of silence bred by the. Having placed in my mouth sufficient bread for three minutes chewing, i withdrew my powers of sensual perception and retired into the privacy of my mind, my eyes.
It gives the background to the ancient conflict between the trinity of nationalists, unionists and brits that painted irelands history in blood. The history of hunger strikes in ireland public radio. In our second interview with padraig yeates, author of lockout. The hunger strike and secret offer that changed history 2nd revised edition by orawe, richard isbn. To learn more about ireland past and present, check out some of these books and films. Trinity is the book that lit the spark for 20 years worth of irish interest. Murder, memory and a masterful history of the troubles. Most hunger strikers will take liquids but not solid food. In cases where an entity usually the state has or is able to obtain custody of the.
Ireland stamps and ireland postal history stamp domain. You should have a working knowledge of both revisionist tendencies in history and the green historical. This book is definitely not for the uninformed reader. Recap the updates as 35,000 irish nurses and midwives took industrial action.
Peter taylors top 10 books on the troubles published on thu 21 feb 2002 19. Many classic texts on irish history were published in the 1800s, and a number of them have been digitized and can be downloaded. The war against the ira charts the covert operations against. The 20 books every irish american should read by brigid cahalan may 27, 2010 image id.
The industrial action will start at 8am on wednesday and last for 24 hours. The irish famine was the worst to occur in europe in the 19th century. The easter rising signaled the start of the republican revolution in ireland. Ten men dead offers very good insight into the 1980 maze hunger strike. Ie is an irish based online bookstore offering a wide diverse range of books, new releases, bestsellers, bargains and rare books, with worldwide delivery.
Irish airmail society the irish airmail society was founded in 1989. Dublin 19, we talk about the most bitter and iconic strike in irish history the lockout of 19. Featured texts all books all texts latest this just in smithsonian libraries fedlink us genealogy lincoln collection. Roy fosters recent books include modern ireland 16001972 and the oxford illustrated history of ireland.
Search the worlds most comprehensive index of fulltext books. A 40 page large format pictorial history of the irish hunger strikes. The family of ira hunger striker bobby sands have said it is reprehensible that they were not consulted over an arts councilnational lotterybacked graphic novel about the life of the irish. Ten men dead is the story of the 10 1981 irish republican army hunger strikers. The story of the 1981 hunger strike by david beresford. Class war in dublin the lockout of 19 the irish story. Kilmainham exhibition documents history of hunger strikes in ireland this famous image of bobby sands, pictured with thomas louden, gerard rooney and denis donaldson, features in the hunger strike. Peter taylors top 10 books on the troubles books the guardian. Contemporary irish history, which ill define here as that period from the early 1900s to today, is literally crowded with prison protests and hunger strikes as james healy, one author on the subject notes, between 191922 alone, there were approximately hunger strikes with 7 people dying during this period as a direct result, many more from health complications later on.
He didnt, because it was finally called off after 10 men died in their struggle to force the british government to treat them as political prisoners rather than common criminals. The hunger strike a young man in northern ireland volunteered for a mission of certain death. The irish story irish history articles, irish history. The strike was to last until 3 october 1981 and was to see 10 republican prisoners starve themselves to death in support of their demands. Kilmainham exhibition documents history of hunger strikes. Search the history of over 411 billion web pages on the internet. Was ira hunger striker bobby sands as romantic a figure as. Ireland and the great flu epidemic of 1918 the irish story on a hopeless and thankless job the dispensary doctor in ireland. Hunger strikes have a long history in the conflict in north ireland. A hunger strike is a method of nonviolent resistance or pressure in which participants fast as an act of political protest, or to provoke the feelings of guilt in others, usually with the objective to achieve a specific goal, such as a policy change. What could be better than a day dedicated to encouraging folks to pick up a book.
Peter taylors top 10 books on the troubles books the. Novelist david keenan picks fiction, history and reportage that record. A history of the northern ireland conflict by mckittrick, david, mcvea, david isbn. Im reading 2 books by irish novelists right now, but you listed at least a couple that i wasnt familiar with and would like to add to my next reading list.
In his new book, a new ireland, niall odowd, examines how the. While a stunned world watched and distraught family members kept bedside vigils, one soldier after another slowly went to his death in an attempt to make margaret thatchers government recognize them as political prisoners rather than common criminals. The 1981 irish hunger strike struggle for legitimacy or pathology of terrorism. In 1981 ten men starved themselves to death inside the walls of long kesh prison in belfast. The killing frost by thomas hayden,his only book before his death is an excellent rebelling of the 1916 rising and the civil war that tragically followed. One of the most infamous hunger strikes in 1981 resulted in the death of 10 irish. Hamills forever is a brilliant telling of new york irish beginnings. Bobby sands, an irish catholic ira member, starts what will become a 66day hunger strike. The story of the 1981 irish hunger strike beresford, david, maas, peter on. The irish story irish history articles, irish history podcasts and. All starved themselves to death protesting both the british occupation of northern ireland and their own treatment in long kesh gaol. During the protest 10 prisoners from the provisional irish republican army and the irish national liberation army had starved themselves to death in the hunger strike. The tactic of the hunger strike has a special place in republican history and has proved very emotive for nationalists in ireland throughout the 20th century. Personal histories is an initiative by history ireland, which aims to capture the individual histories of irish people both in ireland and around the world.
A must read for anyone who is interested in such a terrifying time in irish history. As weve said before, the emerald isle is famous for many things but story telling and literature is definitely one of our greatest exports. Sign up to the irish times books newsletter for features, podcasts and more. List of books about the troubles are works of literature cited using apa style citations. The blanket protest, the dirty and nowash protest, and the hunger strikes all were struggles by irish republican prisoners to regain the political status that they had enjoyed prior to 1976, when the british government decided arbitrarily to end what was known as special category status and implement a policy of criminalisation. I ve read many books on this subject and i have to say that this is my favorite of.410 1323 181 372 250 75 293 1364 1384 123 283 796 44 249 1401 1257 766 990 1379 499 495 1341 1212 537 926 819 439 942 40 1147 739 1085 1092 116 546 710 1242 486 65 229 771 576