Dolours Price, 1951-2013

_65485214_dolours_price01_I hope to stick up a fitting tribute to Dolours Price over the next few days.

I never met her, let alone knew her.  But I know she was one of the true ones.  She could have had a career in mainstream politics and done well for herself, as others in the Movement did by selling out.  But, like her sister Marian, Dolours held to the true thing, despite the considerable personal cost.

The sad circumstances of her final years and her death also should remind us that on our side we need to look after our veterans better.

Beir bua agus tiocfaidh ár lá.


Posted on January 27, 2013, in 21st century republicanism and socialism, British state repression (general), Civil rights movement, Democratic rights - general, General revolutionary history, Hunger strikes, Prisoners - past, Provos - then and now, Repression and resistance in 1970s and 1980s, Repression and resistance in the six counties today, Revolutionary figures, six counties, Women in republican history, Women prisoners. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. When I lived in Southampton I was part of the campaign for Dolours and what was called the Belfast Ten campaign in the 1970s.
    I met Dolours in Dublin at a meeting for the release of Marian Price. She was still very attractive, dressed like rock or arty person, not looking 62.
    She spoke from the floor, captivating the entire meeting.
    Jimmy Roe, who knew the Price family, is buried next to their father Albert Price in Miltown.

  2. Mick, it was interesting that she was in PD initially. Do you know if Marian was, as well? I recall seeing several references some years back to how both of them were on the far left when most Provos certainly weren’t. I guess that is reflected in who was asked to give the funeral orations, too – Eamonn McCann and Bernadette, rather than ‘traditional’ republican figures.

    The dilemma for PD, I guess, was that given the situation which prevailed in 1968-69 and the next couple of years, radicalising nationalist working class youth (and some youth from Protestant/unionist backgrounds too, like Ronnie Bunting) were going to be drawn to the armed groups, both Provos and Officials, rather than to unarmed left groups who kept talking about the importance of the mass movement on the streets. When the nationalist working class ghettos were under siege and the mass movement was being battered and shot off the streets, unarmed left groups like the Trotskyist currents were going to get left on the sidelines.


  3. A friend of mine from Armagh was in the PD’s later joined the Provos because like you said ” the mass movement was being battered off the streets”.He ended up in Long Kesh in a compound with Billy McKee in charge.Was punished for not going to McKee.

    Remember free education gave the nationalist working class a better education than their parents so they became radicalised, They saw the enemy was capitalism. So yes many of the young provos were like Dolours and my pal socialist. When the prison system spat them out the Republican movement was reforming, a blink of an eye the Belfast Agreement sell out.
    The brightest prisoner he met was Dominic McGlinche.

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