Epic tale of human endurance

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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