Thursday 16 August 2018

Analysis: Many never wanted to go to London - but they faced reality

Palace of Westminster. Photo: PA
Palace of Westminster. Photo: PA
John Downing

John Downing

Few people remember Frank Maguire these days.

Perhaps the easiest way to stoke memories of him is to say that he was the man whose sudden death in March 1981 opened the way for a by-election in Fermanagh South Tyrone which gave the entire world the epic story of Bobby Sands, the IRA hunger striker who became an MP.

Frank Maguire was an unusual man. Born in Gort, in Co Galway, he had family links in the Fermanagh area. He was an IRA activist and one of the so-called "fifties men" involved in those quixotic Border campaigns with people like Seán Sabhat and Feargal O'Hanlon.

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