|Native name||Seán Mac Eachaidh|
Aughnacloy, County Tyrone
|Died||11 May 1946 (aged 30–31)
Portlaoise Prison, County Laois, Ireland
|Cause of death||Hunger strike|
|Organization||Irish Republican Army (1922-1969)|
|Known for||Hunger strike of 23 days, from 19 April 1946|
Born in Aughnacloy, County Tyrone, McCaughey was Adjutant-General of the IRA and Officer Commanding (O/C) of its Northern Command. In September 1941 he was found guilty by a Dublin court of having detained and assaulted Stephen Hayes, IRA Chief of Staff, and sentenced to death by firing squad. His sentence was commuted to life.
Imprisoned in Portlaoise Prison, McCaughey refused to wear prison clothes and spent nearly five years naked except for a blanket. He commenced a hunger strike on 19 April 1946. After 10 days, he stopped taking water and died on 11 May, the twenty-third day of his protest.
He was the last person to die on hunger strike in the Irish Free State.
- "McCaughey's Doom". Time Magazine. 1941-09-29. Retrieved 2008-08-14., Time Magazine, 29 September 1941.
- National Graves Association
- Sean McCaughey song
- SEAN McCAUGHEY mp3
- Meehan, Mairtin Óg (2006). Finely Tempered Steel: Sean McCaughey and the IRA. Republican Publications. p. 63. ISBN 0-9542946-3-7.
|Officer Commanding the IRA Northern Command
1940 – 1941