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

Visits: Laurence McKeown

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Laurence recounts the first time his father visited him in prison, whilst Laurence was in the prison hospital on hunger strike.

1981 Hunger Strike: Danny Morrison

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Danny describes visiting the prison hospital during the 1981 hunger strike.

Peace Process: William Plum Smith

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William highlights the significance of the Visiting Building and H-Blocks during the peace process.

Baby: Josie Dowds

Armagh Gaol

Josie talks about the experience of having a baby with her in Armagh Gaol.

Release: Anne Cadwallader

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Anne recounts the day that many prisoners were released from Maze and Long Kesh following the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

H-Blocks: Kenneth Simpson

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Kenneth talks about the organisation of the H-Blocks.

Later Life: Bobby Rogers

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Bobby talks about the effect of prison on your later life.

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.

H-Blocks: Séanna Walsh

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Séanna talks about the different periods of time in the H-Blocks.

1981 Hunger Strike: John Hetherington

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John visits the hospital and reflects on the 1981 hunger strike.

1981 Hunger Strike: Peter Taylor

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Peter comments on the impact of Bobby Sands’s death on the conflict.

Handicrafts: David and William Stitt

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

Visits: Angela Nelson

Armagh Gaol

Description of the visits at Armagh Gaol.

Hunger Strikes: Raymond McCartney

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Raymond reflects on the hunger strikes of 1980 and 1981.

Education: Diana Purcell

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Diana talks about the start of education provision in the compounds.

Teaching: Joanna McMinn

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Joanna reflects on her experience of teaching in the H-Blocks.

Arriving: Patricia Moore

Armagh Gaol

Patricia talks about her arrival at Armagh Gaol.

H-Block cell: Martin McMonagle

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Martin visits a H-Block cell and talks about how life in the H-Blocks changed over time.