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.

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.

Handicrafts: David and William Stitt

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

Colour: Jenny Meegan

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Jenny talks about the grey, sterile environment of the H-Blocks, and the lack of colour in the prisoners’ environment.

Irish classes: Jake MacSiacais

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

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.

Later Life: Bobby Rogers

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

Weddings: William Murphy

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William talks about weddings inside the prison chapel.

Prison Chapel: William Murphy

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William describes the prison chapel at Maze and Long Kesh.

Last Visit: Bernadette O’Hagan and Siobhan Maginn

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

Classes: Joanna McMinn

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Joanna recounts teaching Women’s Studies to men in the H-Blocks.

Escape Attempt: Evelyn Brady and Cate Mackie

Armagh Gaol

Evelyn recounts an attempted escape from Armagh Gaol.

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.

Future of site: Colin Halliday

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Colin talks about the future of the Maze and Long Kesh site.

Education: Bobby Rogers

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Bobby talks about how education was encouraged and supported by the organisation outside the prison.

1983 Escape: Jenny Meegan

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Jenny talks about the impact of the 1983 escape on her teaching.

Internment: Angela Nelson

Armagh Gaol

Angela describes her arrest and interrogation prior to being transferred to Armagh Gaol.

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.

Internment: William Plum Smith

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William talks about prison overcrowding at the start of internment.