A selection of extracts from PMA recordings at Armagh Gaol and Maze and Long Kesh. Hear from former prisoners, prison officers, journalists, teachers and more.

Entering the Prison: Amanda Dunsmore

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Amanda talks about the process of entering the prison.

Handicrafts: David and William Stitt

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William points out a H-Block cell used for doing handicrafts.

Hunger Strikes: Raymond McCartney

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Raymond reflects on the hunger strikes of 1980 and 1981.

Baby: Josie Dowds

Armagh Gaol

Josie talks about the experience of having a baby with her in Armagh Gaol.

Change in lock up: Christopher McWilliams and Martin McElkerney

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Martin and Chris discuss ‘lock up’ in the H-Blocks.

Exercise Yard: Amanda Dunsmore

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Amanda visits a H-Block exercise yard and reflects on the changes there over the years.

Quaker Visitor Centre: Vincent Bent

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Vincent describes the lack of conflict between visitors to the Quaker Visitor Centre, located just outside the Maze and Long Kesh site.

Canteen: Pat Sheehan

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Pat recounts visiting the canteen during the blanket protest.

Release: Vincent Bent

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Vincent talks about the anxieties some women felt prior to the release of their partner from prison.

Demolition: Dessie Rodgers

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Dessie describes some of the demolition taking place at the Maze and Long Kesh site in 2007.

Prank: Angela Nelson

Armagh Gaol

Angela describes a prank played on new prisoners.

Family visits: Kieran McEvoy

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Kieran talks about the pressure on prisoners’ wives and the stress of family visits.

Visits: Gerard Murray

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Gerard reflects on the differences between visits with family and with friends.

Riot: Larry Carragher Paddy Smith

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Paddy remembers the first riot in the cages/ compounds of Long Kesh, during which a canteen hut was set on fire.

Legacy: Ronnie White and Donna McCulloch

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Ronnie and Donna talk about the legacy of their time as prison officers.

Peace Process: Séanna Walsh

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Séanna talks about an event that took place in the H-Blocks that was formative in his view of the peace process.

Teaching: Joanna McMinn

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Joanna reflects on her experience of teaching in the H-Blocks.

Internment: Peter Taylor

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Peter talks about how the compounds of Long Kesh were set up at the time of internment.