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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Gaeltacht Bursaries

Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness and Deputy First Minister has made bursary awards as part of the Bobby Sands Gaeltacht Scholarship to pupils of St Colm’s High School in Twinbrook,... [Read more]


Death of John Sands

The Bobby Sands Trust regrets to learn of the death of John Sands (pictured front left, carrying his son’s coffin), father of our comrade Bobby. Deepest condolences to his... [Read more]



Son of Hunger Striker Visits Belfast

  Basil Farraji, whose father is on hunger strike in an Israeli Jail, is visiting Belfast this week with the Path to Peace Project and meeting with solidarity groups and political... [Read more]


Nasrin Sotoudeh & Bobby Sands

Iranian human rights lawyer and Sakharov Prize winner Nasrin Sotoudeh was held for three years in Evin prison and was on hunger strike on four occasions, the longest for forty... [Read more]