Frank Stagg 12th February 1976.

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On this day 12th February 1976 Frank Stagg died on hunger strike in Wakefield Prison, England, after 62 days. He had come off an earlier strike after promises were made by the British government but which were later reneged on. The heart broken Stagg family were requested by Frank not to ask him to come off the strike. All abided by this except his brother Emmet who as an aspiring Labour politician saw an opportunity to advance his career.

Frank made his will and wanted to be buried in Ballina cemetery next to his friend and comrade Michael Gaughan who had died on hunger strike in Parkhurst Prison in 1974. He willed his body to Derek Highsted the Sinn Fein England organiser who himself was to later die in mysterious circumstances with accusations pointing to the British state. At his death the Irish government, acting more like the grave robbers Burke and Hare, stole his body and buried it with only one member of his family present.

Frank was buried in a government grave surrounded by armed guards 24 hours a day. In the ultimate humiliation they poured concrete onto his coffin forming a cement tomb. His brother George Stagg made a vow that day to inter Frank with his comrade. In order to facilitate this he bought the grave next to one that contained Frank. Eighteen months later on the night of 6th November 1976 a group of Republicans dug down and into the grave holding Frank’s body and reinterred him with his comrade Michael Gaughan.

Among those who carried this out was George Stagg and one of the bravest men I ever knew Sean Comiskey. After the operation was completed George was able to ‘phone his mother and tell her ‘It’s done.’





RTÉ Radio 1: Documentary on One - Frank Stagg's Three Funerals
 


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Who?
 

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So will Mary Lou be attending whatever commemoration is involved here?

And if not, why not? She appears to really enjoy a good old republican commemoration does our beloved Fishwife!
 
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I heard there's lots of Staggs around Phoenix park at night.
 

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Rest in peace.
 

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Congratulations ..your comment will be remembered when ever high IQ is mentioned ,What is your point, Have you got a point. Im sure as you will see that your comment will of course alter history and no one will ever look upon republicanism the same way again after your fearless intellectual spoutings.
 

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On this day 12th February 1976 Frank Stagg died on hunger strike in Wakefield Prison, England, after 62 days. He had come off an earlier strike after promises were made by the British government but which were later reneged on. The heart broken Stagg family were requested by Frank not to ask him to come off the strike. All abided by this except his brother Emmet who as an aspiring Labour politician saw an opportunity to advance his career.

Frank made his will and wanted to be buried in Ballina cemetery next to his friend and comrade Michael Gaughan who had died on hunger strike in Parkhurst Prison in 1974. He willed his body to Derek Highsted the Sinn Fein England organiser who himself was to later die in mysterious circumstances with accusations pointing to the British state. At his death the Irish government, acting more like the grave robbers Burke and Hare, stole his body and buried it with only one member of his family present.

Frank was buried in a government grave surrounded by armed guards 24 hours a day. In the ultimate humiliation they poured concrete onto his coffin forming a cement tomb. His brother George Stagg made a vow that day to inter Frank with his comrade. In order to facilitate this he bought the grave next to one that contained Frank. Eighteen months later on the night of 6th November 1976 a group of Republicans dug down and into the grave holding Frank’s body and reinterred him with his comrade Michael Gaughan.

Among those who carried this out was George Stagg and one of the bravest men I ever knew Sean Comiskey. After the operation was completed George was able to ‘phone his mother and tell her ‘It’s done.’





RTÉ Radio 1: Documentary on One - Frank Stagg's Three Funerals
Up on my Blog today:

12 February 1976: The Hunger Striker Frank Stagg died after 61 days on hunger strike in Wakefield Prison, Yorkshire, on this day. He had been on hunger strike in protest at the British government's refusal to transfer him to a prison in Ireland. He had been arrested in Coventry in 1973 and had been given a sentence of 10 years for criminal damage and conspiracy to commit arson. He initially went on Hunger Strike in 1974 along with others to gain repatriation to Ireland. In this strike his comrade Michael Gaughan died and Stagg felt a degree of moral responsibility for convincing him to embark upon it.

While other hunger strikers were sent back the British refused to move Stagg and he was incarcerated in Long Lartin Prison. Here he was subjected to prolonged periods of Solitary Confinement for and again went on hunger strike. Eventually the Prison Governor relented and Stagg called off his strike. In 1975 he was transferred to Wakefield Prison where he again refused to do prison work. Just before Christmas that year he and others again embarked on a Hunger strike. Their demand were: An end to Solitary Confinement; No Prison Work and Repatriation to Ireland. He died on 12 February 1976.

When his body was returned to Ireland his coffin was seized by the Government and buried under concrete so that it could not be interred in the Republican Plot in Ballina, Co Mayo. However in November 1976, a group of republicans tunnelled under the concrete to recover the coffin under cover of darkness and reburied it in the Republican plot.
 

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So will Mary Lou be attending whatever commemoration is involved here?

And if not, why not? She appears to really enjoy a good old republican commemoration does our beloved Fishwife!
Hadly did she not procrlaim over the weekend that IRA was over, so why would shw attend a IRA commemoration.
 

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Hadly did she not procrlaim over the weekend that IRA was over, so why would shw attend a IRA commemoration.
maybe - for a similar reason that the Blueshirts make an annual pilgrimage to Béal na Bláth ?
although Collins was 'never in the Blueshirts'.

& for a similar reason that ol Charlie Flannagan & other Blueshirts don the British poppy ?
 

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Hadly did she not procrlaim over the weekend that IRA was over, so why would shw attend a IRA commemoration.
That's a question that you'd really have to ask down at the fishmarket. I am wholly unable to decipher the mixed messages that Sinn Fein royalty have been issuing for the past number of years.

For example:-

"A new Sinn Féin MP has caused outrage after stating the spirit and memory of dead IRA volunteers is with her and her party colleagues in "every meeting and every engagement" at Stormont, Westminster, the European Parliament and Dáil Éireann."

The weasel words of a SF absentee MP called McCallion.
 

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It is noteworthy that the OP fails to mention what he was in prison for.
Criminal damage and conspiracy to commit arson.

Less than a hill of beans in 1970s West Midlands (he was convicted in Birmingham Crown Court along with Fr Patrick Fell)
 


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