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.
There are many events taking place this week to commemorate the executions of the 1916 leaders and the 35th anniversary of the death of Bobby Sands and the H-Block hunger strike... [Read more]
Last week the South African writer David Beresford died. David had been the Guardian’s Ireland correspondent in the late 1970s and early 1980s and was only one of two journalists... [Read more]
While on the blanket protest Bobby Sands wrote a song, I Wish I Was Back Home In Derry, which he sang out his cell door to the air of Gordon Lightfoot’s song, The Wreck of the... [Read more]
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]