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Days Of Fear

Days Of Fear

Frank Gallagher

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A record of spiritual strength, suffering and fear – something all men and women serving an ideal have tasted. ‘I pledge myself to the honour of Ireland and the lives of my comrades not to eat food or drink anything except water until all have been given prisoner-of-war treatment or are released.’

During the War of Independence Frank Gallagher was interned in Mountjoy where he took part in a mass hunger strike of republican prisoners demanding political status. Gallagher's remarkable diary reveals his internal conflict during the hunger strike in April 1920.

He describes a 'double personality', one half bent on self-preservation and the other on sacrifice. On the tenth day, he almost surrendered, but what kept him resolute was shame before his fellow hunger-strikers.

'If there were an honorable way of escape, I should be glad … I'm afraid to die, and I'm going to die because I'm afraid not to …the papers will call me a hero and a martyr … a miserable, frightened fool, who hadn't the courage not to die.'

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Author Frank Gallagher
Publisher Mercier Press
Publication date 23 Jun 2008
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781856355865

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