Terence MacSwiney, Lord Mayor of Cork, died on the seventy fourth day of his hunger strike in Brixton Prison on 25 October 1920. His biographer, Francis Costello, remarked that the Lord Mayor’s “solitary protest would be seen, in the context of the Irish struggle, as personifying the triumph of the weak over the strong.”(1)


  1. Quoted in Diarmaid Ferriter (2015), “A Nation and Not a Rabble: The Irish Revolution 1913-23,” Profile Books, London p200.

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