I wrote this article which was originally published online by The Irish Times on Saturday, 17 October 2020. That date marked the 100th anniversary of the death of Michael Fitzgerald, the first republican to die during the Irish War of Independence. See the link to the original article here. I also discussed Fitzgerald’s life and death in a talk for a conference by UCC History marking the centenary of the republican hunger strikes in 1920, this can be viewed here.
One hundred years ago today, Michael Fitzgerald, a high-ranking IRA officer, became the first republican to die on hunger strike during the Irish War of Independence. Continue reading “One hundred years ago: The first IRA prisoner dies on hunger strike”