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Lot 1264/0217

Estimate: €600-800

Republican Prison Hunger Strike, 1923

Republican interest:
A collection of documents, includ, a manuscript Order of the Day to All Ranks, dated 20 October 1923, signed by Tom Hales C/C. Comp (the rest of the message not in his hand), instructing all men to go on hunger strike for unconditional release. ‘in sympathy with our comrades and leaders in Mountjoy, on whom it was sought to impose criminal status.’
With a second Order signed by Tom Hales, Oct. 16, 1923, (rest of message not in his hand), and a collection of other prison camp orders and messages, two signed in De Valera’s name but not in his hand, apparently all contemporary copies issued probably in the Curragh Camp.
We are unable to guarantee the authenticity of all of these documents, they do however appear to be contemporary, and Tom Hales’ signature on two of the documents is authentic in our opinion. As a m/ss collection, w.a.f.
* Tom Hales was a member of the anti-Treaty I.R.A. Executive, and was the Republican prisoners’ camp commandant in the Curragh. It was on his directions that an ambush for Michael Collins’ party was laid at Beal na Blath in August 1922.
An important collection. (1)

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