Artistic reactions to the 1981 Irish hunger strike

Artistic reactions to the 1981 Irish hunger strike

Between the 1 March 1976 and the 3 October 1981 Irish Republican prisoners in HM Prison Maze carried out a variety of protests against the withdrawal of Special Category Status for prisoners convicted of proscribed "terrorism" offences. These protests culminated in the 1981 Irish hunger strike in which ten prisoners died.

This article lists the various artistic responses to these protests. They are grouped by the event/person that they relate to.

Removal of Special Category Status

* "On the Blanket"
* "Ninety Miles from Dublin" - Christy Moore
* "The H-block Song" - Francie Brolly

The 1981 Hunger Strike (general songs)

* "The Roll of Honour" - Gerry O'Glacain (The Irish Brigade)
* "The Ghosts of Long Kesh" - Crimson Spectre
* "Death Before Revenge" - Pangur Ban
* "O'Hara, Hughes McCreesh and Sands"
* "Ten Brave Men"

Songs about particular Hunger Strikers

Bobby Sands

* "The People's Own MP" - Christy Moore
* "Song For Marcella" - Bik McFarlane
* "10 Years On" - Blaggers I.T.A.
* "Bobby Sands" - [ Soldat Louis] (French group)
* "Bobby Sands" - Meic Stevens
* "Inspiration" - Easterhouse
* "Sands" - 286
* "Bobby Sands MP" - Black 47
* "Bobby Untitled" - Nicky Wire of the Manic Street Preachers on his solo album "I Killed The Zeitgeist"
* "It's gonna happen" [ [ | The Undertones: A Look Back - May 1, 2001 - Ralph Heibutzki | Unofficial website of The Undertones | | ] ] - The Undertones
* "The Sign" - Eric Bogle
* "Air for Bobby Sands and the Huger Stikers" [sic] - Loren Connors

Francis Hughes

* "Hughes Lives On"
* "The Boy from Tamlaghtduff" - Christy Moore
* " the most wanted man in the north"

Patsy O'Hara

* "The Time Has Come" - Christy Moore

Ray McCreesh

* "Ray McCreesh"

Joe McDonnell

* "Father's Blessing"
* "The Ballad of Joe McDonnell" - The Wolfe Tones

Martin Hurson

* "Martin Hurson" - Gerry O'Glacain

Kevin Lynch

* "Kevin Lynch" - The Irish Brigade

Kieran Doherty

* "Kieran's Song" - Gerry O'Glacain

Thomas McElwee

* "Farewell to Bellaghy" - Gerry O'Glacain

Michael Devine

* "The Ultimate Sacrifice" - Saoirse


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