Epic tale of human endurance
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By Jim Gibney (for Irish News)

“I’m not going back to the blocks without the five demands,” Tom McElwee told his mother, sister and me. Tom was confined to bed; moving about his cell in the prison hospital easily tired him. Implied in his words was a desire to end the harrowing reality of day-to-day life for the blanketmen, in particular the administrative brutality they experienced at the hands of prison warders.

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