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Séanna Walsh attended St Patricks Grammar School in Belfast and left with three O Levels. He was imprisoned at 16 in the Cages (Compounds of the Maze and Long Kesh Prison) from 1973-1976 where he studied Irish. He was imprisoned in the H Blocks in February 1977 joined the Blanket Protest and was in charge of the Republican prisoners in the H Blocks from October 1981-March 1983. In that role Séanna pushed for access to education. He was released in 1984 imprisoned again in 1988 and in the H Blocks studied Technology Social Science and French courses with The Open University from 1991 until his release in 1998. He graduated with an honour...s Degree in 1999. He appeared on television screens in July 2005 announcing the formal end to the IRA Military Campaign. He worked for Sinn Féin as part of the backup team following the Good Friday Agreement negotiations and at the time of interview in 2011 was working as Outreach and Legacy Officer for Coiste na nIarchimí.  He was selected as a Sinn Féin Councillor on Belfast City Council in 2015.
Metadata describing this Open University audio clip
Title: Lessons from history
Description: Séanna Walsh studied History with The Open University in the 1990s in the Republican Wings of the H Blocks (the Maze and Long Kesh Prison) and makes a connection between the language used in his OU History module about the Treaty of Versailles to the same language used in a speech by Peter Brook the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland about British interests in the North of Ireland.
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Contributor: Seanna Walsh
Duration: 00:01:45
Master programe code and title: Seanna Walsh Interview
Master programme start time: 00:19:36
Master programme end time: 00:21:19
Master programme production number: 038_S_01
Available to public: yes