History

In 1981, ten jailed Irish Republicans began a hunger strike to win status as political prisoners. Beginning with Bobby Sands, all ten died. The Hunger Strikers Memorial was established by the Hartford chapter of the Irish Northern Aid Committee and local Irish-Americans, to honor the courage, conviction and sacrifice of ”The Ten”.

The Celtic Cross sits on a base inscribed with the name of Bobby Sands and the other prisoners who died in the hunger strike.

Bobby Sands Age 27 Died May 5 66 days
Francis Hughes Age 25 Died May 12 59 days
Ray McCreesh Age 24 Died May 21 61 days
Patsy O’Hara Age 23 Died May 21 61 days
Joe McDonnell Age 30 Died July 8 61 days
Martin Hurson Age 24 Died July 13 46 days
Kevin Lynch Age 25 Died August 1 71 days
Kiernan Doherty Age 25 Died August 2 73 days
Tomas McElwee Age 23 Died August 8 62 days
Micky Devine Age 27 Died August 2 60 days
Michael Gaughan Age 24 Died June 3, 1974 64 days
Frank Stagg Age 33 Died February 2, 1976 62 days

 

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