Roll of Honor/Hunger Strikers

Ireland's Hunger Strikers

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Between 1917 and 1981 a total of 22 Irish men have died on Hunger-Strike in this phase of the Struggle for Irish Unity!  The Roll of Honour of these Martyrs of Irish Republicanism is as follows: 

  • Thomas Ashe, Kerry, 5 days, 25 September 1917 (force fed by tube, died as a result).
  • Terence McSwiney, Cork, 74 days, 25 October 1920.
  • Michael Fitzgerald, Cork, 67 days, 17 October 1920.
  • Joseph Murphy, Cork, 76 days, 25 October 1920.
  • Joe Witty, Wexford, 2 September 1923.
  • Dennis Barry, Cork, 34 days, 20 November 1923.
  • Andy O Sullivan, Cork, 40 days, 22 November 1923.
  • Tony Darcy, Galway, 52 days, 16 April 1940.
  • Jack ‘Sean’ McNeela, Mayo, 55 days, 19 April 1940.
  • Sean McCaughey, Tyrone, 22 days, 11 May 1946 (hunger and thirst Strike).
  • Michael Gaughan, Mayo, 64 days, 3 June 1974.
  • Frank Stagg, Mayo, 62 days, 12 February 1976.
  • Bobby Sands, Belfast, 66 days, 5 May 1981.
  • Frank Hughes , Bellaghy (Derry) , 59 days, 12 May 1981.
  • Raymond McCreesh , South Armagh , 61 days, 21 May 1981.
  • Patsy O Hara , Derry , 61 days, 21 May 1981.
  • Joe McDonnell , Belfast , 61 days, 8 July 1981.
  • Martin Hurson , Tyrone , 46 days, 13 July 1981.
  • Kevin Lynch, Dungiven (Derry) ,71 days, 1 August 1981.
  • Kieran Doherty , Belfast , 73 days, 2 August 1981.
  • Tom McIlwee , Bellaghy (Derry) , 62 days, 8 August 1981.
  • Micky Devine , Derry , 60 days, 20 August 1981.
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