Bobby Sands Remembered

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On this the 31, anniversary of the death on hunger strike of Bobby Sands, his friend and comrade, former IRA prisoner Colm Scullion from South Derry, recalls first meeting Bobby while on remand in Crumlin Road Jail. Colm had been injured in a premature explosion at the time of his arrest in October 1976 along with his fellow comrade Tom McElwee, the ninth republican to die on the hunger strike, on 8th August 1981. Colm was later sentenced, and in the H-Blocks met up with Bobby again and there in H-3, during some of the darkest days of the protest, they shared a cell. Here, the quiet South Derry republican speaks about Bobby Sands’ humour, his humanity and his concern for especially the younger prisoners as the blanket men entered their fifth year of beatings on the protest for political status.


15 Responses to “Bobby Sands Remembered”

  1. Alexaandra Farrell on May 4th, 2012 2:22 pm

    I was 20 in 1981, and remember the death of Bobby Sands very
    well, and where I was and doing. Bobby was a hero and died for
    what he believed in. We should not forget him and his 9 friends-
    They were real men who stood up for what they believed in.

  2. Mary Nelis on May 4th, 2012 4:56 pm

    Yes I remember when Bobby died. I will never forget the car horns, the phone ringing the radio telling the news of his death and all I could do was cry. I was heart broken as if my own child had died. But then Bobby and all his comrades who died were like our own sons and we stiil grieve for them Mary

  3. gearoid mac domhnaill on May 4th, 2012 5:54 pm

    31 years ago while in a h-block cell,I cried at the news of Bobbys having been murdered by Thatcher and the British state…today, that pain remains as strong and the loss of 9 other brave Irish Republican comrades on h/s only reinforces the memory of a very special time when there was no confusion as to who the real enemy was.let us ,all Irish Republicans remember those sacrafices and reflect,and never forget who we are and what we and they represent…ONWARD TO THE IRISH REPUBLIC FOR WHICH SO MANY FOUGHT AND DIED.BLUTE.

  4. Kevin Walsh on May 5th, 2012 5:02 am

    Bobby Sands and his nine brave comrades will never be forgotten.

  5. Pat Smiley Morgan on May 5th, 2012 7:49 am

    ah Colm, I remember those long ago days also. The night Francis Hughes died and we all stood on the coener up the road from your house and said the rosary for Bobby, Francis and the others who would follow.Their sacriface will always be remembered by those who prize freedom.

  6. Belfast National Graves Association on May 5th, 2012 12:10 pm

    Nuair a smaoitighim ar tú inniu mo chara, beidh mé ag tairiscint paidir adh. Go dtuga Dia Shine ar tú intercede Bobby Sands, máire banríon na Gael dó is féidir, leat eile i síochána. Slán mo chara, go dtí go gcasfar le chéile sinn arís

    when I think of you today my friend, I will be offering a silent prayer. May God shine on you Bobby Sands, mary queen of the gael intercede for him, may you rest in peace. goodbye my friend, until we meet again

  7. Brenda on May 5th, 2012 12:36 pm

    On this day thirty one years after Bobby’s death we remember his sacrifice with pride.
    Thank you Colm for sharing your memories of Bobby.

  8. Charu Gonzalez on May 5th, 2012 7:12 pm

    What a beautiful interview, interesting to see and listen to this young man’s memories of such an historical event.More please.

  9. A Small Circus - Fallada | Danny Morrison on May 6th, 2012 9:34 am

    […] 3rd May. Arranged for Colm Scullion to be interviewed in Milltown Cemetery to talk about his memories of Bobby Sands’ on the thirty-first anniversary of his death, this Saturday, 5th May. It is now available on Youtube. […]

  10. Seamus kelly on May 7th, 2012 11:06 am

    it was the early hours of May 5th when i heard the knock on the pipe, i got down to hear a comrade in the next cell say the words,”Fuair Bobby Bas” no one in that H Block that nite will ever forget it. It was only weeks earlier that we had a sing song on the wing to celebrate his 27th birthday. Bobby and our other comrades who died will never be forgotten.


  11. Brian Patrick Moore on May 7th, 2012 5:58 pm

    I lived in Washington, DC at the time, as a second-generation Irish-American from Oakland-San Francisco, California. I sent a telegram and/or phonogram to Bobby Sands at his jail in Ireland, during his hunger strike, several weeks prior to his death, to please stop and live so that he could continue on with his crusade. I felt he had made his point so very well. I regret that I did not stand out in front of the British Embassy several miles away from where I lived to protest England’s indifference and arrogance of its Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to Mr. Sands. I still think England should apologize for its inaction and long-term responsibility for what it has done to Ireland. What an uncivilized way to deal with a political problem between the two countries. Have we learned from Bobby Sands’ and colleagues’ unnecessary deaths. May God have mercy on their souls, and they rest in peace. Brian P. Moore, Florida.

  12. michael kautz on August 23rd, 2012 7:55 pm

    bobby sands and the other 9 brave men are in heaven with god we will never forget 4 green fields taught me much more email me any info helpful for me to learn more

  13. Carole Sheridan on September 9th, 2012 9:45 am

    It is hard to comprehend the bravery of Bobby and all the other brave men, but it is so inspiring. It is so hard to imagine how much courage it must have taken. May they rest in peace.

  14. Mick on September 10th, 2012 3:16 am

    Bobby Sands. How do you express the respect and love for this man to the next generation? My family long since left Erin, Glasgow having been the place of my birth. Now in San Francisco. Best I can do is say ‘our victory will be the smiles of our children’, paraphrased I know, but my favorite quote ever. Rest in peace Bobby,and may we, the working people some day come together, internationally.

  15. Valery Klaw on September 30th, 2012 4:57 pm

    Bless your heart, your family and name for all time, Bobby. I have wept on both knees on grass before Mary holding tightly to a small pink piece of paper with your name in Virginia Beach in the United States. I wrote this recently and also am including for the holders of the trust communication had back in February via email with the Poetry Foundation:

    on child poverty
    the young man of north ireland (o’ reilly)
    spoke with a loose fitting jacket
    comfortable gestures and a calm urgent sentiment
    behind the earnest deep voice
    three seconds after
    i brought to mind his blessed name (bobby sands)
    through the television
    i felt the softness of new haircuts and heard chilling
    from the mouths of the more privileged
    which prompted thoughts
    of thatcher, tin soldiers and bleak outcomes
    be good, i tell my spirit
    as the young man ended strongly, with upward fist

    Dear Valery Klaw,
    Thank you for your message. We will add Bobby Sands to our list of poets to consider adding to our site; the list is long, though we hope to reach Sands later on this year.

    James Sitar
    Archive Editor
    The Poetry Foundation

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