Ten Brave Men Our Common Bond

Thomas Dixie Elliot argues that Sinn Fein is exploiting the efforts of the hunger strikers for opportunist ends. Dixie Elliot took part in the H-Blocks blanket protest that resulted in the hunger strikes.

"We are where we are today because of Bobby Sands & his election. He opened another site of struggle for Republicans" - Pat Sheehan SF

"I don't believe the peace process would have been possible had it not been for the sacrifice of the 10 men in 1981. It was a game changer for the struggle - it enhanced the whole concept of the Republican struggle."  - Seamus Browne SF

This is just an example of the many comments made by Adamsite Sinn Féiners over recent days. All are an attempt to rob our Dead Comrades of the ideals for which they died and align them with the Collaborationist.

Correct me if I'm wrong but Sinn Féin usually holds it's Hunger Strike Commemoration in August and it alternates each year in regards to the area in which it's held. Yet only a few years after it was held in Derry it's back again now in May and just days before an election.

We all need to examine our consciences and by that I mean Republicans, regardless of what group we belong to or even if we belong to no grouping.

Yes we might have our political differences but these Ten Brave Men are our common bond. Surely on one day of the year we can cast our differences aside and come together as we do annually on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday to remember them? We need to give these men back the dignity taken by those who have sold out on everything they died for.

Those men shared a common bond in the Hell Blocks, they shared the same dismay when they heard comrades being beaten by the screw, they were starved together and forced to eat contaminated food. They endured all this and more then they stepped forward and died together on Hunger Strike. Not for peace nor a place at the table but for a 32 County Socialist Republic. 

Micky Devine was an INLA Volunteer and coming to the end of his life he told fellow Hunger Striker IRA Volunteer Pat Beag McGeown that he believed the Hunger Strike should end after his death. Pat said 'why not end it now?' To which Micky replied, 'because I don't want to be the one who ended it.' Pat later said in an interview that it got to the stage whereas men were dying because they didn't want to let down those who died before them.

Big Tom McElwee told Pat that Bik McFarlane should step down because as he put it, if we don't know what we want how will the Brits know? This was in regard to the fact the men didn't know what was going on.

These are not my words nor the words of Richard O'Rawe but the words of Pat Beag himself in an interview with the Spanish Academic Rogelio Alonso who used them in his book The IRA and Armed Struggle. Pat was a member of Sinn Féin until his death.

Those were men in different organisations, who like the men and women in 1916, fought together and died together despite their political differences.  

We own them at least our unity even for only one day each year otherwise we abandon them to the political expedience of the Collaborationist. 


  1. People were led to believe politics was assisting the cutting edge of the IRA. It was never a populist decision for any one to join any paramilitary grouping. As it turned out those leading the political wing had ideas of personal glory and wealth. The dead and ruined were but expendable cast aways benefitting their 'elevation' to constitutionalism. They became popular by betraying the selfless fighters.

  2. Does any Spartan know who wrote the nameless comm to P ONeil AC on 10th September 81 in which he advocates Owen Carron taking seat at Westminster talks of all the gains made in last 6months knows sein fein are going to stand in next west Belfast election wants to use prisoner issues for taking seats in dail yet this supposed prisoner doesn't mention the sacrifice off the ten martyrs or not the hurt and grief the families went and are going through.Reason it wasn't prisoner who wrote it it was written by a wanna be politician yet it classed as comm coming from H Blocks when it was probably wrote in Iveagh Parade.

  3. Martin - a lot of solid probing and questioning coming from your end. Good for you as powerful people and institutions do not want probed or questioned, just obeyed.

  4. Thank you but there is a lot more answers hidden in that book that destroys their myth.Danny Morrisons so called phone call never happened another lie and comm from bik proves it 16th 7 81 in comm to brownie regarding his insistence on them allowing Adams and Morrison into negotiate bik says I told them about pennies being in last week and not a word said about except minor rumour well If governor went in screaming as alleged by Morrison with all the screaming match it's obvious if that had of happened every screw would have new Paisley and his cohorts would have known as screws would undoubtedly told them thinking they were getting done over in some secret deal.Top Republican in H Blocks on Sunday yet not a word well a word from a retrebate who does not know what truth is.

  5. And the obvious reason why he went into the jail that day was to keep the impression to people like Brendan Duddy that the hunger strikers were in charge and not those on outside. The big lie in which everyone except those were deceived even the leadership all deceived by the lambs who were leading the lions.

  6. TPQ there's something in a comm from bik to Liam og 21-5-81 in which bik says funny I was thinking of Bob last night and how much he wanted a visit from his wee lad this is a rough life old friend...I don't know the Sands family but yourself and other readers of TPQ could it be asked to them did he ever request seeing his boy before he died to them.If it wasnt and I really hope it was means that they somehow refused him his wish probably incase seeing his boy broke his will power and he called of the strike in which they needed him to die!