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.
Next Tuesday, 14th May, is the sixty-fifth anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba. In Belfast the Palestinian Education Initiative is organizing a public lecture outlining the work... [Read more]
Within hours of the news of Bobby Sands’ death reaching the outside world, there were protests throughout Ireland and abroad.
A reader has sent us this newspaper photograph... [Read more]
The New York Times, which during the conflict, and despite pressure by Britain, referred to IRA fighters as guerrillas, carries a considered piece on the preservation of some buildings... [Read more]
CNN, the popular Cable News Network, carried a feature on the 1981 hunger strike in response to the hunger strike by one hundred prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. In it are interviewed... [Read more]