Forty years ago, seven Irish Republican political prisoners were in the midst of a 53 day Hunger Strike against British torture and a strategy to brand them as common criminals rather than political prisoners. Britain’s decision at the end of that Hunger Strike, to intensify efforts to break the H-block prisoners rather than compromise, triggered the 1981 Hunger Strike transforming Irish politics and its American dimension. Hibernians will host a special live webinar broadcast ‘Hunger Strike 1980’ on Saturday December 5th featuring key perspectives from inside the Hunger Strike, from the campaign on Irish streets, and from the crucial battle for American public opinion.
The webinar was sponsored by America’s oldest and largest Irish organization, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians Joining in the live webinar broadcast were Hibernians across the United States, led by National Presidents Danny O’Connell and Karen Keane. Watch as a 1980 Hunger Striker, Tommy McKearney, discusses the events with former H-Block Blanketman now MLA Fra McCann, and political commentator Andree Murphy. Read Martin Galvin, National and NYS AOH FFAI Chairs report on “Hunger Strike 1980.“