1920-1939

The Lord Mayor of Cork dies on hunger strike in Brixton prison

25 October 1920 Terence MacSwiney, the Lord Mayor of Cork, died at 5.40 am on Monday 25 October 1920 on the seventy fourth day of his hunger strike at Brixton prison.  His biographer, Francis Costello, remarked that the MacSwiney’s ‘solitary protest would be seen, in the context of the Irish struggle, as personifying the triumph…

1980-1989 | Northern Ireland

5 MAY

BOBBY SANDS MP DIES AFTER 66 DAYS ON HUNGER STRIKE [ 5 May 1981 ] On 5 May 1981, the Sinn Fein MP and Irish Republican prisoner Bobby Sands died on the 66th day of his hunger strike at the H-Block Prison hospital at Long Kesh. At the age of ten, Sands and his family…