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.

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.

Canteen: Pat Sheehan

Maze and Long Kesh

Pat recounts visiting the canteen during the blanket protest.

Future of site: Colin Halliday

Maze and Long Kesh

Colin talks about the future of the Maze and Long Kesh site.

Lock up: Seamus Holmes

Maze and Long Kesh

Seamus talks about the effect of ‘lock up’ on prisoners.

Peace Process: William Plum Smith

Maze and Long Kesh

William highlights the significance of the Visiting Building and H-Blocks during the peace process.

Chapel: Josie Dowds

Armagh Gaol

Josie talks about visiting the chapel of Armagh Gaol at the time of the no wash protest.

Control Room: John Hetherington

Maze and Long Kesh

John talks about the prison Control Room at the Maze and Long Kesh.

Prank: Angela Nelson

Armagh Gaol

Angela describes a prank played on new prisoners.

Change in lock up: Christopher McWilliams and Martin McElkerney

Maze and Long Kesh

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

Inspections: Evelyn Brady and Cate Mackie

Armagh Gaol

Cate describes inspections and drilling carried out by political prisoners in Armagh Gaol.

1981 Hunger Strike: Peter Taylor

Maze and Long Kesh

Peter comments on the impact of Bobby Sands’s death on the conflict.

Internment: Angela Nelson

Armagh Gaol

Angela describes her arrest and interrogation prior to being transferred to Armagh Gaol.

Handicrafts: David and William Stitt

Maze and Long Kesh

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

Escape Cell: Evelyn Brady and Cate Mackie

Armagh Gaol

Evelyn and Cate visit a cell that was used during an escape attempt from Armagh Gaol.

‘Why are you here?’ William Mitchell

Maze and Long Kesh

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

Prison Chapel: William Murphy

Maze and Long Kesh

William describes the prison chapel at Maze and Long Kesh.

Teaching: Joanna McMinn

Maze and Long Kesh

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

Colour: Jenny Meegan

Maze and Long Kesh

Jenny talks about the grey, sterile environment of the H-Blocks, and the lack of colour in the prisoners’ environment.