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‘This powerful, provocative and often stark book deserves a wide audience.’ - Diarmuid Ferriter, Sunday Tribune

Nobody who wants to grasp the nature of the Northern Troubles can ignore important books such as this’ - Richard English

‘I was told in 1991 that I could be shot for opening my mouth. But I am convinced that the truth should be told and that I have a duty to the dead hunger strikers to explain fully the events that led to their deaths.’

Richard O’Rawe was a senior IRA prisoner in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh Prison. One of the ‘Blanketmen’, he took part in the dirty protests that led to the hunger strikes of the early 1980s.

In Blanketmen, O’Rawe gives his personal account of those turbulent times that saw British and Irish governments entering unprecedented negotiations with the IRA Army Council and the prisoners themselves. Passionate, disturbing and controversial, this remains a landmark book in the cruel history of Northern Ireland.

After ten years, and the release of historical state and personal papers, Richard O’Rawe’s assertions in Blanketmen have been vindicated. He has been married to Bernadette for forty years, has three grown-up children, and still lives in west Belfast.

‘This inside account of the 1981 hunger strikes by one of the IRA prisoners’ leaders is without doubt the most significant; it will force a complete reassessment of this pivotal epsode in modern Irish History.’ – Ed Moloney, author of A Secret History of the IRA


Richard O’Rawe


C-format, paperback





Release Date

June 2016

Additional Information

Weight .470 g
Dimensions .215 × .135 × .15 mm


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