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"I was told in 1991 that I could be shot for opening my mouth. But I am convinced that the truth should be told and that I have a duty to the dead hunger strikers to explain fully the events that led to their deaths."

Richard O'Rawe was a senior IRA prisoner in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh Prison. One of the "Blanketmen," he took part in the dirty protests that led to the hunger strikes of the early 1980s.

In Blanketmen, O'Rawe gives his personal account of those turbulent times that saw British and Irish governments entering unprecedented negotiations with the IRA Army Council and the prisoners themselves. Passionate, disturbing, and controversial, this remains a landmark book in the cruel history of Northern Ireland.

After 10 years, and the release of historical state and personal papers, Richard O'Rawe's assertions in Blanketmen have been vindicated. He has been married to Bernadette for 40 years, has three grown-up children, and still lives in west Belfast.

©2005 Richard O’Rawe (P)2021 Tantor

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essential reading

this is one of the most important accounts of irish history . the story of the selfless sacrifice of the Irish Republican hungerstrikers needs to be known, as does their betrayal by the politicians who went on to capitalise from their suffering and deaths.
Go raibh maith agat Audible , for releasing this book.
If you have any interest in Ireland and her struggle...Read it.
Ní Síochain go Saoirse.
An Poblacht Abú.

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A well written book,

well read and a thought provoking insight into the inner workings of the provisional IRA and British State.

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have to listen to it

love it and even tell the truth and the road to peace. slán slán

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Interesting listen

A truest brilliant book that shows up failings on both sides to protect the inmates by the uk and the IRA