New Photos Bobby Sands

June 9, 2010 · Print This Article

Researchers at Stella Maris Secondary School have unearthed early photographs of a young Bobby Sands as part of their study of past pupils who were killed during the conflict. On their website they say: “Twenty six past pupils whose names are known were killed during the ‘troubles’. Of these, twenty four were boys and two girls. Most were in their late teens or early twenties. One, John Rolston, was murdered within two days of leaving school. Three were killed by the Provisional IRA, another three accidentally when handling explosives, nineteen including the two girls by loyalist paramilitaries and one, Bobby Sands, died in prison on hunger strike shortly after he had been elected M.P. for Fermanagh and South Tyrone. Eight families who had one or other parent killed in those years also sent children to the school. The full account of those from the school and area that died in the conflict can be read here.


2 Responses to “New Photos Bobby Sands”

  1. Bess on June 10th, 2010 12:17 pm

    He looks a proper sweetie! RIP

  2. Chris Wilson on June 20th, 2010 9:57 pm

    To the Bobby Sands Trust,

    Bobby Sands’ election and death profoundly impacted my life in 1981 as an 11 year old here in the USA. I was already interested in politics at that point — but the wrongness stung me a great deal. Like Bobby, I was the Grandson of 3 Irish Catholics and one Irish Protestant (as our surnames sometimes but not always show). No, I never forgot it — or the events of Bloody Sunday which happened during my lifetime too. I learned about Kevin Barry and Mick Sweeney and others who served the cause as well as the brave and good Protestants such as Douglas Hyde, Erskine Childers, Robert Emmett and Wolfe Tone and so many others.

    I was recently requested to run in a local race against a previously elected opponent who had just retired from being Superintendent of a School Board of in an area of over 80,000 people. He was heavily favored — in fact one of the County Row Officers predicted my odds against were 3-1. I thought of Bobby very much when I was campaigning. I won with 72% of the vote.

    After I won, I sent the following words out to those who voted: …I am Humbled by tge 72% of the vote I received. A person who was elected to a much higher office than mine once stated: “Everyone, Republican or otherwise, has their own paricular part to play. No part is too great or too small, no one is too old or too young to do something.”

    Tiocfaidh ár lá!

    Christopher Farrell Wilson

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