A profile of Bridget H. Murray, my mother. By Eileen Murray Bridget Harriet Collier filled the world with many things since she came into it on Tuesday, September 9, 1924: humor,...More
In a time long forgotten, six Irish families came to the foothills of North Carolina. The men were miners and they came to work the gold mines on the banks of the Catawba River near what is...More
Discrimination, when it’s directed at you, can shape the course of your life. It can prevent you from having a say in what happens to you, where you can go, what you can do. It shuts you up and...More
The first hunger strikes of Irish republicans imprisoned at HM Prison Maze in Northern Ireland began on this day in 1980. Only seven were selected to take part in the hunger strike, to match the seven signatories of the 1916 Easter Rising Proclamation. The strikers were IRA members Brendan Hughes, Thomas McKearney, Raymond McCartney, Tom McFeeley, Sean McKenna, Leo Green and John Nixon. The strike launched talks between the IRA and British government, drawing up a proposed settlement, before McKenna fell into a coma. The first strike officially ended on December 18 after 53 days. However, in January of 1981, it became clear that none of the demands would be met, causing another strike to take place. The second strike included the election of striker Bobby Sands to parliament.