Kieran Doherty

Kieran Doherty

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Kieran (or Ciarán) Doherty TD (; 16 October 1955 – 2 August 1981) was an Irish republican hunger striker, Teachta Dála and a volunteer in the Belfast Brigade of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA).


Doherty was the third son in a family of six born in Andersonstown, Belfast. He was educated at primary level at St. Theresa's Primary School and at secondary level at Glen Road Christian Brothers School (CBS). The Doherty brothers were known cyclists and sportsmen in the Andersontown area with Kieran winning an Antrim Gaelic football medal at minor level in 1971.

Doherty joined Fianna Éireann in 1971 and was interned by the British Government between February 1973 and November 1975. Kieran's brothers Michael and Terence were interned between 1972 and 1974.

Doherty worked as an apprentice heating engineer.Beresford, David Ten Men Dead

Paramilitary activity

In August 1976, while out to set a bomb, the van he was in was chased by the police. During the chase Doherty managed to leave the van and hijack a car but was caught as he was escaping....
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