Bobby Sands MP
Officer Commanding IRA political prisoners, H-Blocks, Long Kesh. Born 9th March 1954, died 5th May 1981 after sixty-six days on hunger strike.
Twenty-seven-year old Bobby Sands, after enduring years of solitary confinement and beatings, led the 1981 hunger strike, during which he was elected as MP for the constituency of Fermanagh and South Tyrone in the north of Ireland.
Bobby became an international figure who to this day continues to inspire not just Irish republicans in their pursuit of freedom from British rule but people around the world struggling for their rights.
Jim Gibney, who proposed the idea of standing Bobby Sands in the Fermanagh and South Tyrone by-election, was at last Sunday’s hunger strike march in Fermanagh and in this feature... [Read more]
Last Friday, 1st August, in the Felons Club, West Belfast, a marble bust of Bobby Sands made by a young Irish sculptor, Paraic Casey, was unveiled in the foyer of the club by... [Read more]
Last Sunday, 1st March, was the 34th anniversary of the day in 1981 that Bobby Sands began his hunger strike which lasted sixty-five days until his death. Recently, another former... [Read more]
There is a certain irony that while the SDLP has declared its intention of supporting unionists in changing the name of a park in Newry named after hunger striker Raymond McCreesh,... [Read more]