19 May 2006

Hunger strikes history on sale

Daily Ireland


A CD book tracing the history of the 1981 hunger strike was launched yesterday on the Falls Road.
An Stailc Ocrais – A History Of Hunger Strikes In Ireland was compiled by nine young relatives of republican ex-prisoners.
Aged between ten and 18, they come from all over Belfast and worked on the project since the beginning of the year.
Working in conjunction with republican ex-prisoners organisation, Coiste na nIarchimí and Falls Community Council the young people researched the history of hunger strikes in Ireland from the days of the Brehon Laws up until 1981.
The project began as a booklet but on completion of this, the script was recorded on to a CD by the young people, who themselves, play the role of narrators throughout the recording.
Accompanied by background music, the CD is a wonderful compliment to the booklet.
Dominic Adams, Coiste’s youth development worker, said: “This is a great achievement by these young people. Each of them has had the experience of having a close relative imprisoned and it was this, which motivated them.
“They gave up their spare time and worked long hours researching and recording their findings.
“They wished to learn more about the hunger strikes and the reasons for their relative’s imprisonment.
“This project is a tribute to their willingness to do just that.
“The booklet and CD are a must have for all young people who wish to learn more about the hunger strikes – not just in 1981 but throughout Irish history.”
The CD is available from Coiste na nIarchimí at 028 9020 0770.

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