1981 – At 2:11 am, Raymond McCreesh dies on hunger strike on the H Blocks in Long Kesh. Later, the same day at 11:29 pm, he is joined in death by his friend and fellow hunger-striker, Patsy O’Hara.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

The third of the resolutely determined IRA Volunteers to join the H-Block hunger strike for political status was twenty-four-year-old Raymond McCreesh, from Camlough in South Armagh: a quiet, shy and good-humoured republican, who although captured at the early age of nineteen, along with two other Volunteers in a British army ambush, had already almost three years active republican involvement behind him.

Speaking to his brother, Malachy, shortly after Bobby Sands death, Raymond said what a great loss had been felt by the other hunger strikers, but it had made them more determined than ever. And still managing to keep his spirits up, when told of his brother, Fr. Brian, campaigning for him on rally platforms, Raymond joked: “He’ll probably get excommunicated for it.”

To Britain’s eternal shame, the sombre half-prediction made by Raymond to his friend Paddy Quinn – Ta seans ann go mbeid me abhaile rombat – became a…

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One Response to 1981 – At 2:11 am, Raymond McCreesh dies on hunger strike on the H Blocks in Long Kesh. Later, the same day at 11:29 pm, he is joined in death by his friend and fellow hunger-striker, Patsy O’Hara.

  1. oglach says:

    I was remiss in re-blogging this excellent piece in not reminding my precious few readers of the attempt(s) to remove Raymond’s name from a play-park in Newry, in a bit I wrote called Parks and Recreation. A very brave young man who deserves to be remembered, and was well done so by Stair na hEireann, quite possibly the best source for accurate Irish history available daily online. I would recommend it to anyone. It’s factual, quite unbiased, and prolific. Many thanks for all the hard work.

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