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Bobby Sands, IRA

Born:

March 9, 1954 in Rathcoole, Belfast

Died:

May 5, 1981 at age 27

Conviction:

October 1977, 14 years for possession of firearms

Began Strike:

March 1

Days on Strike:

66

Candidacy:

April, Fermanagh-South Tyrone by-election, won by over 30,000 votes

   

Frank Hughes, IRA

Born:

February 28, 1956 in Bellagh, South Derry

Died:

May 12, 1981 at age 25

Conviction:

February 1980, life for murder, 14 years for attempted murder, and 55 years on three other charges

Began Strike:

March 14

Days on Strike:

59

   

Patsy O'Hara, INLA

Born:

July 11, 1957 in Derry City

Died:

May 21, 1981 at age 24

Conviction:

January 1980, 8 years for possession of hand grenade

Began Strike:

March 22

Days on Strike:

61

   

Raymond McCreesh, IRA

Born:

February 25, 1957 in Camlough, South Armagh

Died:

May 21, 1981 at age 24

Conviction:

March 1977, 14 years for possession of firearms

Began Strike:

March 22

Days on Strike:

61

   

Joe McDonnell, IRA

Born:

September 14, 1951 in Lenadoon, West Belfast

Died:

July 8, 1981 at age 30

Conviction:

September 1977 for 14 years possession of firearms

Began Strike:

May 9

Days on Strike:

61

Candidacy:

June, Leitrim general election, narrowly lost by 315 votes

   

Martin Hurson, IRA

Born:

September 14, 1956 in Aughnaskea, Dungannon

Died:

July 13, 1981 at age 25

Conviction:

November 1977, 20 years for possession of landmines and conspiracy, as well as two other sentences of 15 and 5 years respectively, the sentences to run concurrently

Began Strike:

May 29

Days on Strike:

46

Candidacy:

June, Longford-Westmeath general election, lost in sixth count, but obtained almost 4,500 first preference votes, and over 1,000 transfers

   

Kevin Lynch, INLA

Born:

May 25, 1956

Died:

August 1, 1981 at age 25

Conviction:

December 1977, 10 years for conspiracy to disarm members of the enemy forces, taking part in a punishment shooting, and the taking of "legally held" shotguns

Began Strike:

May 23

Days on Strike:

71

Candidacy:

June, Waterford general election, lost in fifth count but obtained 3,753 votes

   

Kieran Doherty, IRA

Born:

October 16, 1955 in Andersontown

Died:

August 2, 1981 at age 26

Conviction:

January 1978, 18 years for possession of firearms, 4 years for commandeering a car

Began Strike:

May 22

Days on Strike:

73

Candidacy:

June, Leinster House parliament general election for Cavan/Monaghan constituency, won with 9,121 first preference votes

   

Thomas McElwee, IRA

Born:

November 30, 1957 in Bellaghy, South Derry

Died:

August 8, 1981 at age 24

Conviction:

September 1977, 20 years for possession of explosives and accidental murder (later reduced to manslaughter)

Began Strike:

June 8

Days on Strike:

62

   

Michael Devine, INLA

Born:

May 26, 1954 in Springtown, Derry City

Died:

August 20, 1981 at age 27

Conviction:

June 1977, 12 years for possession of stolen firearms

Began Strike:

June 22

Days on Strike:

60


   
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