Florence Names Bobby Sands St

February 22, 2012 · Print This Article

This week Florence City Council voted to name a street after Bobby Sands who died on hunger strike in 1981 fighting for political status. There was a discussion and when it came to a vote 33 city councillors out of 34 voted in favour of the street naming and there was just one abstention.

There were three other streets newly named after Oriana Fallaci, a well-known journalist and writer from Florence; Ilaria Alpi, a brave young journalist killed in an ambush in Mogadishu, Somalia; and world-renowned Italian film director Mario Monicelli.

Irish republican supporters hope that the move will encourage other municipalities to act and honour Bobby Sands and his comrades in similar ways.



10 Responses to “Florence Names Bobby Sands St”

  1. Florence names street after Bobby Sands. on February 23rd, 2012 12:56 pm

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  2. paul hazlett on February 24th, 2012 4:24 am

    I’d like to say well done to all involved in this Bobby Sands and the other 9 hunger strikers still 31 years on are still remembered

  3. Paul F on February 24th, 2012 9:22 am

    This is amazing and so beautiful, I love Toscana, and when I go to Florence (Firenze) I will look for the street, Tiocfaidh Ar La

  4. Eileen O'Donnell on February 24th, 2012 9:02 pm

    Bravo – a well deserved distinction for a very brave hero Bobby Sands

  5. Dadeza on March 1st, 2012 8:31 am

    Great to see one of Irelands true heroes remembered like this, in a country not tainted by the Brits thinking, and that Bobby and his 9 brave comrades who died, were indeed Political Prisoners of War

  6. Francesco on March 1st, 2012 10:20 am

    I’m very happy my proposal in City Council to named a street in Florence to Bobby Sands is been received your approval.

    A little step in a great direction… Ulster is Ireland!

  7. Paul on April 30th, 2012 5:25 pm

    What you fail to grasp is that the majority population of Northern Ireland,have no intrest in Union with the ROI,many people have underestimated the Loyalist population over the years,Including the British to their cost.In saying this I would not have allowed these men to die,Im sure their familys miss them May Their Souls Rest In Peace Paul C

  8. gary dickson on May 5th, 2012 6:41 am

    RIP Bobby Sands

  9. French streets with Irish names « The Evening Hérault on November 1st, 2012 6:31 am

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  10. bobby on March 8th, 2015 11:31 am

    RIP Bobby Sands. A true hero.

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