Bobby Sands Book Launched

July 14, 2010 · Print This Article

The Vice-President of the European Parliament, Roberta Angelilli MEP, launched a book about Bobby Sands last Thursday, July 15th, at the European Parliament Offices in Rome. ‘Il diario di Bobby Sands. Storia di un ragazzo irlandese’ is the translation by Italian journalist Silvia Calamati of a book first published in Ireland a few years ago by Denis O’Hearn and Laurence McKeown. That book, ‘I Awoke This Morning – A Biography of Bobby Sands for Younger Readers’, has also been published in Irish – ‘D’éirigh mé ar maidin: Beathaisnéis Roibeaird Uí Sheachnasaigh do Léitheoirí Níos Óige’.

Welcoming the publication, the secretary of the Bobby Sands Trust, Danny Morrison, said: “Once again we see international recognition of  and respect for the struggle by Irish political prisoners, in particular the hunger strikers and that of the name Bobby Sands. Their sacrifice has stood the test of time and what they came through in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh is an indictment of successive British governments. But when one looks at the tense situation in Maghaberry it is clear that the British government is slow to learn from its past mistakes. I would like to congratulate Silvia Calamati on the publication of this book and her ongoing commitment to covering events in the North of Ireland.”

Footnote: many streets around the world have been named after Bobby Sands. In 1981 the Iranian government officially changed the name of Winston Churchill Boulevard where the British Embassy is based to Bobby Sands Street. The response of the British was to seal the entrance to their embassy on Bobby Sands Street and knock through the wall into Ferdowsi Avenue, which is now their new address. In 2001, a memorial to Bobby Sands and the other hunger strikers was unveiled in Havana, Cuba.

Silvia Calamati will be appearing in An Chulturlann, Falls Road, on July 31st, as part of Féile an Phobail. She will be launching ‘Scéalta Ban ó Thuaisceart na hÉireann’, an Irish language version of her book, ‘Women’s Stories From The North of Ireland’.

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9 Responses to “Bobby Sands Book Launched”

  1. Padraig MacSeain on October 21st, 2010 9:21 am

    I served several weekends on small hunger strikes in front of the GPO; always praying for the lads,, their families, and the cause. The ‘wee-uns from Cooke Street should remember seeing me beaten and dragged off at midnight, one evening. By keeping my mouth shut and when I was brought before the magistrate, and repeating several times, I received the wrath of the bench and sent to cell 6 at Musgrave Station. Very nice cell in winter. The lasting impression as I was exported 6 weeks later was reading on the cell wall; “Dry yer eyes, wee lad.” That quote stays with me always. I wish I could afford Sean’s book, but I am confined to a nursing home and given no money. God Bless my Irish Kin in Ulster.

  2. Travis Walsh on November 12th, 2010 5:49 pm

    wish I could read this

  3. Annie Beckloff on November 14th, 2010 1:36 pm

    I’m 22 and live in the U.S., and I’ve been studying the IRA for a while now. I think Bobby Sands is brilliant. I have a place for him in my heart. I have places for all ten of them.

    I don’t have any friends, though, and even if I did, I wouldn’t be able to talk to them about Bobby and my support for him. None of them would understand. I don’t know if they would want to.

    Sometimes I feel really alone. I feel like I can’t tell anyone anything. I just wish I had someone else to talk to who wouldn’t condemn me for having a strong fondness of the hunger strikers. I don’t want to be condemned. I really don’t.

  4. Jim Kelleher on November 17th, 2010 11:42 pm

    Hi Annie, I am an Irishman living in Australia. You are not alone at all beleive me. I have two brothers living in Melbourne and we are all strong Bobby fans and we have much to talk about with respect to the hunger strike etc.
    If you want to talk about it just flick me an email and we can chat about the history and the future and so on.
    Cheers and talk soon,

    Jim

  5. peter on November 18th, 2010 2:10 pm

    hi all its great to see pat sheehan where he is today a tireless fighter for the nationalist people,michael collins,bobby sands,che guvera,bobby storey,gerry adams,pat sheehan ,these are the men who are on my list of heros.pat has suffered through the conflict two major jail terms also near death on the hunger strike,what more can you say his cv in irish republicanism its out standing.pat you will always have my vote.goodluck pat,,best wishes peter.

  6. Annie Beckloff on November 24th, 2010 6:36 pm

    Hi, Jim! I haven’t been to the site in a while, so I haven’t read your comment until today.

    When I click on your name, though, it takes me to a page that says “unable to download page” or something to that effect, so I can’t e-mail you. I do want to talk, though! I think it’d be brilliant to talk about history and such!

    Do you want to drop me a line, instead? You can click on my name and it (should) take you to my website, and there’ll be a link for you to be able to e-mail me.

    Peace,

    Annie.

  7. gianni on November 29th, 2010 1:35 pm

    i have visited belfast and derry the last year,and also i have visited miltown cemetery.I paid homage bobby’s grave,and maeried farrel,and all irish heroes of resistance .It was a great emotion,unforgettable,as the fire that burns inside the hearts, seeking freedom.excuse my bad english.from an italian friend

  8. ANDREA V LISI on November 30th, 2010 3:46 am

    HI THERE TO ALL OF YOU!!!!….i’M ANDREA, FROM BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA….I NEW ABOUT BOBBY, SINCE LAST YEAR..AND REALLY IMPACT ME….I ALSO KNOW ABOUT MICHAEL COLLINS,AND ABOUT IRA(I’M TOTALLY AGREE WITH IRA)MAYBE U HEARD THE NAME OF OUR ISLANDS LIKE FAKLANDS…NOPE, THAT IT’S THE BRITISH NAME, THE NAME ENGLAND PUT TO OUR ISLANDS SINCE ENGLAND OCUPED THEM IN 1833………I WAS ONLY 16 WHEN “MALVINAS”(THE REAL NAME, THE ARGENTINE NAME) WAS……I PROUD OF ALL MY IRISH FRINDS….AND OF COURSE , PROUD BCZ ERNESTO”CHE”GUEVARA LYNCH WAS, ARGENTINE, A SYMBOL FOR REVOLUTIONARY!!!GOD BLESS U ALL. “TIOCFAIDH ÁR LÁ”

  9. Ayla Reid on December 11th, 2010 6:49 pm

    A thesis i decided to do on European History is on Bobby Sands and the other nine brave hunger strikers of 1981. I was touched very deeply by his story. And what they did, what he did. It goes to show some people like to meddle to much. A man, only 27 years old, doing what he believed was right for his country. And i believe people everywhere else take their rights and freedoms for granted. I cant type anymore, it makes me so sad. I am only 23, but it doesnt mean it doesnt touch me like it has others, people who were there..

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