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.

Bobby Sands Funeral

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1916 – 1981

2016 is the 35th anniversary of the hunger strike in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh. There will be many commemorations this year, which is, of course, also the centenary of the Easter... [Read more]

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National Hunger Strike March

This year is the 34th anniversary of the 1981 hunger strike which marked a historic watershed moment in Irish and republican history. The weekend of August 22nd August will see... [Read more]


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Basque Prisoners Translate Bobby Sands

French writer Julie Duchatel recently spoke by telephone with Basque prisoner Aitzol Iriondok who along with his comrade Jurgie Garitagoitia has translated into Euskara (Basque)... [Read more]

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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]