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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3pm, 3rd October 1981

Thirty five years ago today, at 3pm, Pat Sheehan (at that stage the longest on hunger strike and the most critically ill), his comrades, Jackie McMullan, Hugh Carville, John Pickering,... [Read more]

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‘H-Block POWs’ in Reading Prison

H-Block themes and hunger striking feature in a new Oscar Wilde exhibition which opened in Reading Prison last Sunday. Artefacts on display acknowledge the Irish struggle for freedom.... [Read more]


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Sands’ Book Now in Kurdish

Denis O’Hearn’s widely-praised biography of Bobby Sands has now been translated into Kurdish. Nothing But An Unfinished Song will be published this weekend in yet another... [Read more]

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‘I dedicate this song…’

Léo Ferré, the flamboyant French composer, poet and singer, who was born in 1916 and died in 1993, was a pacifist chansonnier and political rebel. His songs of protest and his... [Read more]