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Popular 'Hooded Men' book to be relaunched

Fr Raymond Murray
Connla Young

A book which revealed the full story of the 'Hooded Men' has been reprinted to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of one of the men.

It was first published in 1974 by Catholic priests Fr Raymond Murray and Fr Denis Faul.

Now 150 limited edition copies have been reproduced to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of Sean McKenna – one of the men who died from a heart attack in June 1975 aged 45.

He was one of 14 Catholic men who claim they were tortured by the British government after the introduction of internment in 1971.

Their case was referred back to the European Court of Human Rights last year.

During their ordeal some of the men were thrown from helicopters at near ground level after being told were hundreds of feet in the air.

They were also exposed to loud static noise and deprived of sleep, food and water.

They were forced to stand in stress positions and beaten if they fell.

The plan to reissue the book was the brainchild of Tyrone republican and historian Joe Bell and the relaunch is being co-hosted by the James Connolly 1916 Society in Monaghan.

Fr Murray and members of the men's legal team are expected to be speak at the event.

Hooded Men case co-ordinator Jim McIlmurray said British authorities knew that Mr McKenna had a heart condition when they interrogated him.

"The book itself has proven to be very popular and original copies are hard to obtain," he said.

"As we head towards the European Courts we are finding more people want information and we consider the book to be an authority."

The launch will take place at Teach Na nDaoine Family Resource Centre, Mullaghmatt, Monaghan on August 22 at 6.30.

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