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.

Prison Site
Perspective
Time Period

Pressure: Andy Killen

Maze and Long Kesh

Andy talks about the impact of the pressures faced by prison officers.

Escape Cell: Evelyn Brady and Cate Mackie

Armagh Gaol

Evelyn and Cate visit a cell that was used during an escape attempt from Armagh Gaol.

Chapel: Josie Dowds

Armagh Gaol

Josie talks about visiting the chapel of Armagh Gaol at the time of the no wash protest.

Last Visit: Bernadette O’Hagan and Siobhan Maginn

Maze and Long Kesh

Bernadette talks about her last visit to the Maze and Long Kesh.

Prank: Angela Nelson

Armagh Gaol

Angela describes a prank played on new prisoners.

Release: Vincent Bent

Maze and Long Kesh

Vincent talks about the anxieties some women felt prior to the release of their partner from prison.

H-Block Cell: Dee and William Stitt

Maze and Long Kesh

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

Probation: Valerie Owens and Eleanor Mulligan

Maze and Long Kesh

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

Weddings: William Murphy

Maze and Long Kesh

William talks about weddings inside the prison chapel.

Long Kesh: Peter Taylor

Maze and Long Kesh

Peter talks about the significance of the Long Kesh site during both the conflict and the development of the peace process.

Change in lock up: Christopher McWilliams and Martin McElkerney

Maze and Long Kesh

Martin and Chris discuss ‘lock up’ in the H-Blocks.

Quaker Visitor Centre: Vincent Bent

Maze and Long Kesh

Vincent describes the lack of conflict between visitors to the Quaker Visitor Centre, located just outside the Maze and Long Kesh site.

Compounds: William Plum Smith

Maze and Long Kesh

William talks about the basic design of the compounds/cages at Long Kesh.

Lock up: Seamus Holmes

Maze and Long Kesh

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

Internment: Andy Killen

Maze and Long Kesh

Andy highlights the impact of internment on his family life.

Visits: Gerard Murray

Maze and Long Kesh

Gerard reflects on the differences between visits with family and with friends.

Canteen: Raymond McCartney

Maze and Long Kesh

Raymond describes visiting the canteen during the blanket protest.

Military Structure: Peter Taylor

Maze and Long Kesh

Peter talks about how a military regime and structure operated in the cages.