Latest commissioned painting of Thomas McElwee by André Mooney Art and Design

He died at age 23 after 62 days on Hunger Stirke on 8th August 1981.

The tenth republican to join the hunger strike was twenty-three-year-old IRA Volunteer Thomas McElwee, from Bellaghy in South Derry. He had been imprisoned since December 1976, following a premature explosion in which he lost an eye.

He was a first cousin of Francis Hughes, who died after fifty-nine days on hunger strike, on 12th May 1981.

Thomas McElwee by André Mooney Art and Design

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