Work stoppages and demonstrations in support of the hunger strikers in Long Kesh and Armagh prisons were held across Ireland in response to a call for a 'National Day of Action' by the National H-Blocks Committee.
In Belfast a huge rally took place at Dunville Park on the Falls Road. Speakers included Brian Sullivan of the National Union of Public Employees and Bobby Dickey, chairman of the Dockers' Branch of the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union.
In Toomebridge, County Antrim a crowd of 200 people blocked the main Belfast/Derry Road with a lorry.
Demonstrators in Coalisland, County Tyrone picketed the Allied Irish Bank and a number of the protesters wrapped themselves in blankets as they staged a token fast in the town square.
This coordinated pressure was a show of support for the republican prisoners who began their hunger strike on 27 October 1980.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 December 1980.