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Noel Quigley is from Belfast and qualified as a quantity surveyor. He was imprisoned in 1972 aged twenty four in Crumlin Road Gaol and was one of the Provisional IRA prisoners on the Hunger Strike for political status. In 1973 he was among the first group of prisoners to be transferred from Crumlin Road Gaol to the newly created Cages (Compounds of Maze Long Kesh). He was instrumental in setting up the political prisoner education system for the Provisional IRA Compounds and was their first Education Officer. He organised political lectures from outside academics and was involved in negotiations for The Open University to come into the Com...pounds. He studied Social Sciences in 1974 but didn’t sit his exams because of the disruption caused by the burning down of the Long Kesh Camp. He was imprisoned again in the Republican wings of the H Blocks in 1980 and went on the Blanket Protest after which in 1985 he studied Technology with The Open University. After his release he worked with Sinn Féin in North Belfast.
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Title: I was on the very first course
Description: Noel Quigley Education Officer for Provisional IRA prisoners in 1973 describes a meeting with the Prison Governor and someone from The Open University which led to the start of Open University studies in Long Kesh (Compounds of the Maze and Long Kesh prison) in 1974 memories of the Social Science course D100 jokingly recalling how studying Thomas Paine was indeed a pain and the impact of the fire in Long Kesh on Open University exams and study.
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Contributor: Noel Quigley
Duration: 00:02:13
Master programe code and title: Noel Quigley Interview
Master programme start time: 00:15:01
Master programme end time: 00:19:04
Master programme production number: 026_S_02
Available to public: yes