Terence MacSwiney, Cork Men’s Gaol, and the Political Hunger Strike, 1920-2020

Terence MacSwiney, Cork Men’s Gaol, and the Political Hunger Strike, 1920-2020


Thursday, 8 October – Saturday 10 October, 2020


2020 marks the centenary of the hunger strike of Irish republicans in Brixton Prison and Cork Men’s Gaol. While the hunger strike tactic had been deployed prior to 1920, the Cork/Brixton strike was distinctive for its length (three months) and the ultimate deaths of three prisoners, including Cork Lord Mayor Terence MacSwiney. Drawing intense public interest, the strike created a political crisis in Britain and Ireland, and made Terence MacSwiney into a global figure. This conference explores various aspects of the 1920 Cork/Brixton hunger strike including the perils of force feeding, the medical and legal ethics of hunger strikes, cultural, spiritual, and international responses to the strike, and various aspects of Terence MacSwiney and the other Cork strikers.



The conference is financed by Cork City Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht. It is hosted by University College Cork, whose campus includes the site of the old Cork Men’s Gaol.


Conference organisers: Dr John Borgonovo (UCC), and Dr Sean Lucey (UCC)

Contact: j.borgonovo@ucc.ie 


The Programme Schedule can be downloaded here.


A selection of abstracts for the conference can be viewed here.


Speaker bios can be downloaded here.


Register here to attend the virtual history conference



Speakers include: Dr Ciara Breathnach (University of Limerick), Dr William Murphy (Dublin City University), Dr Neal Buttimer (University College Cork), Prof Traoloch O’Riordan (Univ of Montana), Dr Darius Whelan (UCC), Prof Gautam Gulati (UL), Dr Stephen Hopkins (Univ of Leicester), Tomás Mac Conmara (UCC), Prof Colum Kenny (DCU), Prof Luke Gibbons (Maynooth University), Gabriel Doherty (UCC), Dr Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin, (UL), Dr Sarah Anne Buckley (NUI Galway), Prof Prof Lee Jenkins (UCC), Dr Jyoti Atwal (Jawaharlal Nehru University), Dr Darragh Gannon (Queen’s Univ Belfast), Dr Leeanne Lane (DCU), Dr Patrick Maume (Royal Irish Academy)



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