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.

H-Blocks: Michael Smith

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Michael talks about conditions in the H-Blocks, when prisoners were ‘doubled up’ in the cells.

Handicrafts: Christopher McWilliams and Martin McElkerney

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Martin remembers prisoners making handicrafts in a H-Block wing.

Education: Harry Donaghy and Sean O’Hare

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Harry (left) and Sean (right) talk about education during internment and the library in their cage.

Visits: Laurence McKeown

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Laurence recounts the first time his father visited him in prison, whilst Laurence was in the prison hospital on hunger strike.

Military Structure: Peter Taylor

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

Irish Class: Roisin White

Armagh Gaol

Roisin talks about her experience as an Irish teacher at Armagh Gaol.

Internment: William Plum Smith

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William talks about prison overcrowding at the start of internment.

Education: Bobby Rogers

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Bobby talks about how education was encouraged and supported by the organisation outside the prison.

1981 Hunger Strike: Danny Morrison

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

Handicrafts: David and William Stitt

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

Mixed wing: Jackie Upton

Armagh Gaol

Jackie talks about the experience of being the only Protestant prisoner within an otherwise republican wing of Armagh Gaol.

1981 Hunger Strike: Pat Sheehan

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Pat talks about the impact of the 1981 hunger strike.

Internment: Angela Nelson

Armagh Gaol

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

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.

Hunger Strikes: Raymond McCartney

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Raymond reflects on the hunger strikes of 1980 and 1981.

Laundry: Jackie Upton

Armagh Gaol

Jackie visits the laundry and recalls working there.

Ideology: Alexander Gowrie

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Alexander comments on the ideological differences between Provisional IRA and Official IRA prisoners.

Later Life: Bobby Rogers

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Bobby talks about the effect of prison on your later life.