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.

‘Cage 5’: John Knocker

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John visits the site of ‘cage 5’ and reflects back on daily life there.

Long Kesh: Peter Taylor

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Peter talks about the significance of the Long Kesh site during both the conflict and the development of the peace process.

Yard: Patricia Moore

Armagh Gaol

Patricia talks about walking around the yard of Armagh Gaol and hearing children playing on the other side of the yard wall.

Legacy: Ronnie White and Donna McCulloch

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

Noise: Peter Taylor

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Peter recounts the cacophony of noise in the wings of the H-Blocks.

1981 Hunger Strike: Danny Morrison

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Danny describes visiting the prison hospital during the 1981 hunger strike.

Visits: Angela Nelson

Armagh Gaol

Description of the visits at Armagh Gaol.

Military Structure: Peter Taylor

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Peter talks about how a military regime and structure operated in the cages.

H-Blocks: Kenneth Simpson

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Kenneth talks about the organisation of the H-Blocks.

Family visits: Kieran McEvoy

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

Change in lock up: Christopher McWilliams and Martin McElkerney

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

1981 Hunger Strike: Laurence McKeown

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Laurence describes the impact of his hunger strike on his eyesight and sense of smell.

H-Blocks: Séanna Walsh

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Séanna talks about the different periods of time in the H-Blocks.

Education: Margaret Gray

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Margaret reflects on her experience as a teacher in the H-Blocks.

‘Why are you here?’ William Mitchell

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William talks about first meeting Gusty Spence in a compound of Long Kesh.

Release: Vincent Bent

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

Probation: Valerie Owens and Eleanor Mulligan

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Valerie talks about the experience of working as a probation officer in the Maze and Long Kesh Prison.

Architecture: Fr. Oliver Crilly

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Oliver comments on the link between the architecture of the H-Blocks and the wider conflict.