A selection of extracts from PMA recordings at Armagh Gaol and Maze and Long Kesh. Hear from former prisoners, prison officers, journalists, teachers and more.

Lock up: Seamus Holmes

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Seamus talks about the effect of ‘lock up’ on prisoners.

Handicrafts: David and William Stitt

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William points out a H-Block cell used for doing handicrafts.

Life in the Cages: Michael Smith

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Michael talks about life in the cages/ compounds of Long Kesh.

Irish classes: Jake MacSiacais

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Jake talks about ‘classes’ in the H-Blocks during the blanket protest.

Internment: Peter Taylor

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Peter talks about how the compounds of Long Kesh were set up at the time of internment.

Family visits: Kieran McEvoy

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Kieran talks about the pressure on prisoners’ wives and the stress of family visits.

Entering the Prison: Amanda Dunsmore

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Amanda talks about the process of entering the prison.

Probation: Valerie Owens and Eleanor Mulligan

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Valerie talks about the experience of working as a probation officer in the Maze and Long Kesh Prison.

Yard: Seamus Holmes

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Seamus talks about the importance of the H-Block exercise yard.

Education: Maurice Kennedy

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Maurice reflects on the value placed on education – and educators – by the prisoners.

Legacy: Ronnie White and Donna McCulloch

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Ronnie and Donna talk about the legacy of their time as prison officers.

Legal education: Kevin Winters

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Kevin visits the legal consultation booths and reflects on his experience of working as a solicitor in the prison.

Mixed wing: Jackie Upton

Armagh Gaol

Jackie talks about the experience of being the only Protestant prisoner within an otherwise republican wing of Armagh Gaol.

Filming: Peter Taylor

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Peter comments on his experience of filming the documentary ‘Enemies Within’ in the H-Blocks.

The Cages: Séanna Walsh

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Séanna talks about daily life in the cages of Long Kesh, and the military structure utilised in the cages.

Irish Class: Roisin White

Armagh Gaol

Roisin talks about her experience as an Irish teacher at Armagh Gaol.

H-Block Cell: Dee and William Stitt

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Dee talks about how some of the prisoners would decorate and furnish their cells during the 1990s.

Noise: Peter Taylor

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Peter recounts the cacophony of noise in the wings of the H-Blocks.