Ballylanders hunger strikers remembered in new book

Author Conor Kenny and Claire Cronin examine a key from Goals Cross. (Picture: Clare Keogh)

An author who has written a book about the forgotten survivors of a 94 day hunger strike during the War of Independence, believes his book will help to finally tell their forgotten stories. 

Conor Kenny, who attended school in Fermoy’s St Colman’s College, wrote the book when he discovered the story of his grandfather Joseph Kenny, who fought in the War of Independence. 

The other men included brothers Peter and Jack Crowley, Christopher Upton from Ballylanders and Michael O’Reilly – all from Ballylanders. Their colleagues – Michael Fitzgerald, from Fermoy, Joe Murphy and Lord Mayor of Cork Terence MacSwiney – died in their hunger strikes.

But Conor, who wrote the book ‘The Nine Survivors’ with Clare Cronin, said that when he was researching the life of Joseph Kenny, there was an absence of historic material about the other participants in the hunger strike that began in Cork Gaol. 

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