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Robert McClenaghan went to St Paul’s Secondary School in West Belfast and left with one O Level his schooling having been very disrupted by the conflict of that time. He was imprisoned aged eighteen in 1976 in Crumlin Road Gaol and the H Blocks (the Maze and Long Kesh prison). He joined the Blanket Protest where he learned Irish and took part in informal education led by fellow prisoners. From 1983 he studied O Level English and Irish in the Republican Wings of the H Blocks and involved in the Republican education program. He participated in classes using Open University course materials in Social Sciences which were led by Open University students. Robert was released in 1988 and at the time of interview in 2013 worked as an Advice Worker in the Lower Falls Sinn Féin Centre and involved with the Falls Residents Association.
Metadata describing this person
Gender: Male
Affiliation: Republican
Project person ID: 033_S
Interviewee role: studied in prison, 1984-1988
Location where studied: H Blocks The Maze and Long Kesh