No Greater Love: The Memoirs of Séamus Kearney

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Séamus Kearney

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Having been born into a sectarian and brutally oppressive state, Seamus Kearney became a child soldier at the age of 15. Eventually, having worked his way through the ranks, he became a staff officer in the Irish Republican Army (Provisional IRA).

In 1977, he was captured on active service by British Crown Forces and was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment. Refusing to wear the uniform of a criminal, he was sent to the notorious H-Blocks of Long Kesh, where he spent over four years on the blanket protest fighting against Britain’s criminalisation policy.

He was subjected to protracted periods of torture, total sensory deprivation and spent several spells in the punishment block, on a bread and water diet.

He befriended Bobby Sands and Brendan Hughes (The Dark), and was an eyewitness to the 1981 hunger strike, which saw ten of his comrades lose their lives.

He, along with over 300 comrades, was taken to the outer rim of humanity, a journey so cataclysmic that some would never recover from the ordeal.

This is a story of extreme violence, incredible courage, grit determination and an indomitable spirit which refused to be crushed in the face of a draconian penal regime.

It is a story of triumph over adversity, an intensely human story of comradeship, brotherhood, loyalty to a cause, and a victory achieved against all odds.

The reader needs to prepare for a unique journey into the abyss, a journey which contains two polar opposites – the stark inhumanity of man, compared to the humanity among comrades, who became brothers and laid down their lives for one another.

No Greater Love….

Séamus Kearney’s powerful and moving book charts the years of turbulence caused by Britain’s vain attempts at criminalising the Republican struggle in Ireland, which culminated in the deaths of ten republican prisoners.

This is a journey into the depths of oppression and the soaring heights of human resistance and resilience.

Anyone wishing to gain an insight into the epic struggle of the Blanket Protest and Hunger Strike of 1981 needs this book on their shelf.

Jake MacSiacais

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Weight 621 g
Dimensions 208 × 147 × 30 mm

1 review for No Greater Love: The Memoirs of Séamus Kearney

  1. Francis mezza

    This book was written brilliantly and it takes you right to the very heart of the H blocks. Seamus Kearney describes in great detail the horrific treatment that the republican prisoners endured during the hunger strikes. The strong bond between these men was very clear after reading No Greater Love . I found it very difficult to put the book down.

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