Hunger Strikers – The Horgan Brothers Collection
This film captures the return to Ireland of Irish Republican prisoners who had been on hunger strike in HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs, London. After the 1916 Rising a large number of Cork men were interned for their active role in the rebellion and often they resorted to hunger strikes as a means of protest. The largest hunger strike included 40 participants. When the prisoners were eventually released, the Horgan brothers were on hand to capture the moment.
The Horgan Brothers’ films (1910-1920) are some of the earliest moving images made in Ireland. The brothers were photographers who turned their attention to the moving image, eventually opening a cinema in their home town of Youghal, Co Cork. It was here they screened their newsreel-style films, which they named The Youghal Gazette.
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With kind permission from Jim Horgan.