Hunger striker helped others laugh through tough times

By Jim Gibney (for Irish News)

It does not happen very often that the publication of this column coincides with the anniversary of one of the 10 men who died on hunger strike in the H-Blocks in 1981. Today is one of those rare occasions. Twenty-nine years ago Joe McDonnell died after 61 days on hunger strike. Next Tuesday is Martin Hurson’s anniversary. Joe was one of the oldest of the 10 men yet he was also a very young man. He was just 29-years-old.

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