Hunger Strikers 1917-1981



Address: Roddy McCorley's Club, Glen Road, Andersonstown.
Commemorating: Hunger strikers 1917-1981.
Commissioned by: Not known.
Date unveiled: Not known.

Stone sculpture of a harp featuring: front – relief faces of hunger strikers Bobby Sands, Joe McDonnell and Kieran Doherty and the inscription “Oglach calma dobhriste”; back – Bobby Sands’ quotation: “It is found in every light of hope It knows no bounds nor space It has risen in red and black and white It is there in every race It lights the dark of this prison cell It thunders forth its might It is the undauntable thought my friend That thought that says “I’m right”! Vol. Bobby Sands M.P. for Fermanagh South Tyrone” and the inscription: “Oglach calma dobhriste”. Stone base reads: front – “In proud and loving memory of the hungerstrikers who died for the cause of Irish freedom Volunteers Bobby Sands aged 27 M.P. 1st March 1981, died 5th May, 66 days Francis Hughes aged 25 15th March 1981, died 12th May, 59 days Raymond McCreesh aged 24 22nd March 1981, died 21st May, 61 days Patsy O’Hara aged 24 22nd March 1981, died 21st May, 61 days Joe McDonnell aged 29 9th May 1981, died 8th July, 61 days Kieran Doherty aged 25 T.D. 22nd May 1981, died 2nd August, 73 days Kevin Lynch aged 25 23rd May 1981, died 1st August, 71 days Martin Hurson aged 24 29th May 1981, died 13th July, 46 days Thomas McElwee[Ilwee] aged 23 8th June 1981, died 8th August, 62 days Micky Devine aged 27 22nd June 1981, died 20th August, 60 days”; back – “In proud and loving memory of the hungerstrikers who died for the cause of Irish freedom Volunteers Thomas Ashe died 25th Sept 1917, Mountjoy jail Michael Fitzgerald died 17th Oct 1920, Cork jail Terence Mac Swiney died 25th Oct 1920, Brixton jail Joseph Murphy died 25th Oct 1920, Cork jail Joseph Whitty died 2nd Sept 1923, Curragh camp Denis Barry died 20th Nov 1923, Newbridge camp Andrew Sullivan died 22nd Nov 1923, Newbridge camp Tony D’Arcy died 16th April 1940, Arbour Hill’ jail Jack McNeela died 19th April 1940, Arbour Hill’ jail Sean McCaughey died 11th May 1946, Portlaoise jail Michael Gaugan died 3rd June 1974, Parkhurst jail Frank Stagg died 12th Feb 1976, Wakefield jail”.