Auld Fergie

Dixie Elliot recalls an old blanketman, Auld Fergie.

Travelling through Fermanagh today I got to remembering the late Liam Ferguson from that county. A real character.

Auld Fergie, as we called him, got the longest sentence handed out, natural life, for if I remember scouting for the shooting of a British soldier.

Needless to say he went into serious downer and would hardly leave his cell. Then the wing lunatics like the late Duice Mullan and Geek O'Halloran stepped in and dragged him out of his cell telling him he was now part of their gang.

Before long Auld Fergie, an ardent Fermanagh fan, was as crazy as they were pulling mad mixes etc.

Sharon and I visited him a few times in the late 80s and early 90s, once in Maghaberry, but sadly we lost touch. Then when I inquired about him in later years I was shocked to hear he had died not long after he got out.

It's sad that Republicans like him, Jimmy Conway et al have become forgotten.

Thomas Dixie Elliot is a Derry artist and a former H Block Blanketman.

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Anthony McIntyre

Former IRA prisoner, spent 18 years in Long Kesh. Free Speech advocate, writer, historian, humanist, and researcher.

1 comment to ''Auld Fergie"

  1. Good man for sharing your memories Dixie, may Jimmy now be at peace. Many have been left behind in the ‘new dispensation’. I wonder now, as constitutional change comes into sight, will what follows prove any different. Hope you are keeping well a chara.


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