Bobby Sands Portrait

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.

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The Rhythm of Time

Thirty four years ago, in the early hours of this morning, 5th May, Bobby Sands died on hunger strike after sixty-six days without food. There is not a day that passes when we... [Read more]


Marking Bobby’s Anniversary

This Tuesday is the 34th anniversary of the death on hunger strike of Bobby Sands. Many events, some private, some public, will be held in nationalist areas to commemorate Bobby... [Read more]



To The Brink

Former hunger striker Laurence McKeown’s interview with Anns Sussman on NPR (formerly National Public Radio). NPR serves as a national syndicator to a network of 900 public... [Read more]


Vicenza/Verona Events

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]