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Letter from Fred Cronin, Military Prison, Spike Island, to "A chara" [unidentified recipient], regarding the start of his hunger strike,

1921 September 1.

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In Collection: Cronin Papers, 1905-1945
Description: Writes :"... we have to get 'a move on' [hunger strike} here. It was the only course open to us & it has not been down without considering our position from every standpoint. This has been under consideration for some months & it is only wihtin the past week that G.H.Q. have sanctioned it. The food suppled by the authorities was bad & insufficient, & again the clothing at night was miserable. Only for the parcels supplied from outside most of us would have 'faded away' long ago ... in the end it was decided to adopt the hunger strike ... On a ballot vote of 550 men, only 23 were against & some of those voted against the strikes on conscientious grounds ... We all paraded in our companies, of course, under our own officers. Our Commandant (Harry O'Mahony, Passage) publicly announced that [it was] on just as the clock struck 6pm on Tuesday ... Yesterday was very tough, particulary as we all took a big dose of salts on Tuesday morning. Last night I slept like a top & today I have not such a craving for food as I expected, but feel tired & exhausted."
Main Creator: Cronin, Fred, 1876-
Language: English
Extent: 1 item (2 pages).
Call Number: MS 49,526/19/6 (Manuscripts Reading Room)
Rights: Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.