Enquiries, Messages, Copyright

October 6, 2008 · Print This Article

The Trust regularly receives a large volume of letters, emails and supportive messages of solidarity, etc. In recent years there has been a big increase in enquiries from young students writing essays or theses which cover such themes as prison literature, the legacy of the Fermanagh/South Tyrone bye-elections and the electoral rise of Sinn Féin.

All queries are answered and most requests we facilitate as best we can.

We also receive requests from writers and publishers for permission to use extracts from the writings of Bobby Sands. All Bobby’s writings are copyrighted but the Trust encourages fair use, though permission is required to reproduce or use any of Bobby’s writings in a commercial context [for example, anthologies or professional drama productions]. Please contact the Secretary of the Trust for permissions: info@bobbysandstrust.com.

This site is pre-moderated and we cannot guarantee that all postings will be published online.


38 Responses to “Enquiries, Messages, Copyright”

  1. Lottie on October 29th, 2008 8:24 am

    I live in Sweden and for me Bobby Sands is a hero. He was a very brave man and we should never forget what he and his friends did for Ireland. I think the way that he fought the English in Long Kesh sets an example for us all. He can be compared to people such figures as Nelson Mandela and Gandhi. He is a true and exceptional freedom fighter. To imagine the hardship that he went through for his country is heart-breaking. I think we owe it to him to remember him always.
    Not only does his memory continue to support the struggle for a a united Ireland, he is also a figure to turn to for strength in any hardship. He just wouldn’t brake. Thank you Bobby.

  2. jen on January 11th, 2009 9:42 pm

    i have so much admiration for bobby and all the volunteers and everyone that has played a part in the struggle. i am so proud to be a republican. i would like to get a phrase tattooed on me in irish i hav a few in mind but as i only know a smal bit of irish that i learnt in school im not too sure of th exact translation an would like it to be exactly right. if you could help me with these phrases i would much appreciate it.
    “the spirit cannot be shackled although they chain our feet and hands”
    “remember our hero bobby sands”
    “remember the hunger strikers”

    go raibh míle maith agat.

  3. mick short strand on January 19th, 2009 3:16 pm

    just thought i,d let you know that michael mallon died recently. Michael was the undertaker who can be seen at the front of bobby cortege .

  4. Mark Reid on May 22nd, 2009 6:20 pm

    I remember 1981 very well. I went to an Irish High School in Montreal Canada and I remember how we followed every little news that came out of Ireland. I remember the day Bobby Sands died. I will never forget it. It changed my life forever. I remember the death of Francis Hughes, and weeping out of sadness and frustration. I am from Canada but I will always be Irish. Irish to the core. I am republican and proud of it. I will fight in my own way to make sure people don’t forget the sacrifices made but by so few for so many.

  5. Lewis David on June 13th, 2009 4:19 am


    Scottish songwriter David Heavenor has written a song about Bobby Sands on his album In Northern Towns Like These. ‘Bobby in the Wire’ http://www.davidheavenor.com. Not sure if you were aware of this one


  6. Margaret Wernerspach on June 26th, 2009 8:53 pm

    Indeed, David Heavenor has written “Bobby on the Wire” but when I clicked on Buy and under the heading In Northern Towns Like These CD, this is what I found. It states, in part ” the songs range from a ballad about a revenge killing(Bad Man’s Pride) to a piece about Bobby Sands, the Irish Terrorist, who died from Hunger Strike In Longmarsh prison.”

    I have tried to contact David Heavenor but he can only be contacted through “Outlook Express” which does not work for me.

    I would like to know why he would use that language to describe
    Bobby Sands dying on Hunger Strike in the Maze. Known to us as Long Kesh.

  7. Paul on November 4th, 2009 9:35 am

    Could someone tell me what schools Bobby attended?

    For a school project and most links are blocked


  8. Allister Matthews on November 15th, 2009 1:38 pm

    Paul,Bobby attended Stella Maris primary and then Stella Maris Sec schools both in Rathcoole,he always was a member of the Star of the Sea youth club fwhere he played soccer .

  9. S.R.Haralds on May 13th, 2010 5:15 pm

    Today I wrote a poem about Mahatma Gandhi where I also mention Bobby Sands as the reincarnation of Mahatma Ghandi, now a young woman in Portugal. Jesus´teachings are clear : ” YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN !” John 3:3,7,13. See more on my website. Best regards, S.R.Haralds.

  10. Dave Helton on May 20th, 2010 12:38 pm

    I’m Irish American living in CT, USA. My family is from Kildare, and from Ireland they took with them their pride and dignity. I hope through the education of my small website in Connecticut, I can at least educate a few people unaware of who Bobby is, was, and will always be.

    God Bless.

  11. pete on May 22nd, 2010 2:17 pm

    ive always given my vote to sinnfein and will always continue to do so the reasons are as follows ..1 they deal every day with all our bread and butter issues,,2 also they help the young and old in our areas,,3 most importantly they have gave life to the people of west belfast ,,4im proud to come from west belfast and after years of conflict look where are children are today in better employment ,better housing,,better educiation,,and our kids have the confidence to go for there goals in life,sinnfein,gerry adams,bobby sands,and bobby storey have given us the best gift ever and that is the ability to believe in ourselves,when i think of thestruggle these guys went through ,i think of connolly and pearse,etc,,ie they never wavered they stood for the right to work and our right to live.these are great men of ireland,,peter

  12. pete on May 27th, 2010 1:31 pm

    i was just thinking the other day ,about the summer festivals run by the people of west belfast ,i remember the first disco it was held in the dunville park about 1986 on internment night to occupy the likes of myself,and the dj was the late pat mcbride who was murdered by the ruc while working in the centre on the falls road to help the community,pat was a great guy he gave his young life to the struggle and he gave a lot of his time to the youth of west belfast.i always think of pat,i first met pat in butlins holiday camp in 1984,he was great crack that year,he even entered a few of the contests in the ball room.the things that make myself and west belfast people what we are today is the leadership of sinnfein,they gave us a belief,and pat was part of that i recall pat saying to me one day outside the falls library we republicans have the ability to laugh at ourselves and thats what seperates us from the bigots i was young them but now i know what he meant,god rest pat,i liked pat he had a great character.

  13. pete on May 27th, 2010 5:01 pm

    thank you bobby sands trust for posting my views.when i think of bobby i think of my father telling me at 5.40 am on the 5th may 1981 i was 12 years old then.there were hard years ahead for us all,and for the loved ones that died at the hands of thatchers death squads,but reading bobbys words he had insight to the future and his words rang true are children are the victors,thanks to the leadership sinnfein,west belfast has changed for the better housing,etc.bobby sands was one of the greatest irish men that ever lived and when i see the pows of the conflict about the road i have the greatest respect for them.

  14. mick on June 4th, 2010 5:12 pm

    ive read some letters attacking the sinnfein leadership lately,its strange that these were the same people who when in trouble ran to our centres looking help which we did help.also these peoples doors were closed during the war and now they attack our party by typical british underhand sleezey letters to the gutter press.people like this who go from one camp to another are not loyal to any cause they are loyal to themselves to see whats in it for them.gerry adams,bobby storey,seanna walsh,and guys like this have came through the war and gave it there best they even sacraficed years in prison or away from home now these are great men of ireland and i have the greatest respect for these men.as for the sleezy letter writers these type of people would see there sole to the highest payer.so i myself support sinnfein as the profile of the guys named in my post speak dividens as they gave it all for our kids of today ie employment,better housing,educiation.sinnfein voter always.

  15. Gerard Hodgson on June 7th, 2010 6:14 pm

    Gerry adams was scared bobby would take over his role if he ever got out of prison.Bobby had such superior knowledge and leadership than gerry and marty put together and they knew it.At least bik and danny make sure this site keeps going.

  16. mick on June 8th, 2010 5:46 pm

    gerard hodgson your posting is lies and you know it only to well,gerry ,bobby,bik,danny are all comradesie brothers in the struggle,,not like you a dissenter you are the type of person tha\t likes to take a sunder but you know what look at our votes in the last election so gerard if you have nothing constructive to say why bother posting,some were born leaders,some were born to be led,and at times like these brave men came to the fore,,gerard you fit neither of these ,so just you toddle along with your micro crusade to insanity.gerry adams is irelands finest as are all the rest of the provisional movement,,ok.

  17. admin on June 9th, 2010 3:44 am

    There are enough websites allowing for discussion and debate without this website becoming involved in abuse. Comments are pre-moderated and it is testimony to those who participate that rarely do I step in to prevent a comment. I published the one from Gerard though I do not subscribe to his opinion; and it is also factually incorrect – Gerry Adams is a member of the Bobby Sands Trust and works to perpertuate the memory of the ten hunger strikers in ways unseen. So, if anyone else is thinking of adding something further, please save your time, because I cannot foresee me publishing material which is less of a tribute to the hunger strikers but more connected to current politicking.
    Danny Morrison, Secretary Bobby Sands Trust

  18. mick on June 9th, 2010 6:22 am

    i remember i was12 years old and i was at all hunger strike marches from dunville park to the busy bee i carried a poster of different hungers strikers at the marches i remember at one march ramsey clarke a big time american politican addressed the crowd i can remember him he looked a bit like carl marldin out of the streets of san francisco to me,, but i was a kid then ,,he spoke with great admiration for our lads on the blanket.i also remember the torch light processions around the lower falls at night and sister brigid a nun said the rosary for the boys on the blanket when i think now the ordinary people on the ground supported the blanket men but the pain they went through was so intense we cant imagine where to start as there pain and determination was so so great,in my opion this period in our history was the greatest test of any mans strenght even greater than the easter rising of 1916.mick.

  19. terence mcgowan on June 10th, 2010 8:08 pm

    i remember the dark days of the hunger strikes with both greif and joy,my clearest memory is of bobbys death,as it was also the morning my 1st baby daughter was born 5.5.81 theres not much we can still say about bobby and the rest of the lads `everyone of them where heroes` and martys to there cause………………………………..

  20. peter on June 12th, 2010 3:29 pm

    its a good thing posting our views about the hunger strike even though i was 12 years old then,these are memories that i hope to share with my grand children,i remember i was walking home from st.peters secondry school wearing a y.a.h.b ,a youth against h-block babge which i was a member off and i wore it with pride as i made my way down leeson street to my home in granville street i encountered the anti republican workers party men outside the long bar,one in particular says to me f—,the provos,this guy was about 28 years old bear in mind i was a kid of 12 years then,i told my dad he was furious he went up to the long bar and offered the guy a fair go but as in workers party style the guy got ill use a blanket men quote squeakey boot.i seen this guy several years ago then i approached him about it he apologised and and says how wrong he was and he was led wrong for 20 years and i accepted his feeble excuse but i let him know i still hold him to that anti republican workers party thinking.

  21. peter on June 12th, 2010 6:01 pm

    i was watching footage of the hunger strike and it must have been very hard for danny morrison to enter the maze and speak to the guys that were wheeled in on wheel chairs,its a job that must have been heart breaking for him ,i see danny about the road quite a lot,you know i admire him as he is a man of strong character and honour so its great to see danny about from time to time as hes a piece of living history,which i think was the greatest piece in our republican history.the h-blocks ,hunger strike,and the blanket protest.this is where we are today because of men like danny,etc that never wavered and stood there ground .im greatful to sinnfein leadership.

  22. Bobby Lavery on July 2nd, 2010 10:46 pm

    Danny a chara, We were watching the US version of Jeopardy last night and there was a question ” Bobby Sands died on Hunger Strike in 1981, to which Army did he belong?” If I was surprised at the question when the contestant answered ” The Irish Republican Army” I was totally amazed and. I started cheering at the TV as did Susana. It was on channel 7 at 7 pm June 30th. Adh Mor

  23. mark anthony france on July 7th, 2010 1:25 pm

    Danny a chara

    last month I was reduced to inconsolable tears when I watched live on BBC News 24.. the events in Derry on the publication of the Saville Inquiry into Bloody Sunday… it brought back a wave of memories, of pain, of sadness, of determination and dignity.
    After a roundabout route I found my way to this site…
    I remember Jim Gibney offering support to me and Eileen Loughran in the Royal Victoria Hospital after Anne Marie McMullan was shot by a plastic on 9th August 1980. I remember the 1980 Hungerstrike and breaking into a live TV Event held at Birmingham Town Hall getting on Stage and Holding up a ‘Smash H-Block’ poster that I had silk screen printed myself….. I remember feeling proud that I was so slippery that
    neither the security or police managed to stop me that night.

    A few months later when the news of Bobby Sands Death came out myself and my comrade Steve McGarvey went out onto Corporation Street in Birmingham to start distributing a leaflet on the prisoners 5 demands….. within minutes the police got interested and we were both arrested and held in Steelhouse Lane lock up for about 17 hours.

    Thankfully, Mary Pearson and the Birmingham Troops Out Movement came to our rescue and organised fundaraising to pay for mine and Steve McGarvey’s Fine for ‘Public Order’ offences.

    3 Months Later and I arrive a Dunville Park just as the news of Thomas McElwees death comes through…. I was privaledged enough to attend Thomas’s furneral and retain a vivid memory of the Rosary being recited in Irish as the Chinook helicopters hovered menacingly over the funeral procession.

    The year of the Hungerstrike was a year scorched into my brain.
    All that pain was not in vain.

  24. kevin fox on August 25th, 2010 4:00 pm

    I’m a massive supporter of the republican movement and am delighted to have found this site I was born a year after the hunger strikers passed but researched as I have grown up in a republican household the more I learned the more I am proud to be an irishman

  25. rishi on September 2nd, 2010 9:41 am

    I’m Swiss but my heart beats for Irealnd. I’m also a massive supporter of the republican movement. It started about about 7 years, when I was 12 years old, that was the first time I heard the wonderful tunes of Wolfe Tones and other great Irish artists. A bit later I heard the first time about Bobby Sands, from the first poem I loved it. with this words

    R.I.P, we will help to get your dreams get true !

  26. David Greenburge on October 31st, 2010 3:19 pm

    Too many people dead on both sides why oh why cant every one understand that we are all human beings sod the politics I am a Jew so I have a good understanding of conflict I am also English and disagree with the actions of BOTH sides in this conflict.I can however say this I never had any respect for Mrs Thatcher at the time and I still don’t why oh why could a compramise not have been reached at the end of the day Mr Sands and the others were Human Beings and what ever view’s I may have on his politics Im sure his family miss him and I would not wish this end on anybody many on both sides have a lot to answer for this could have been avoided was it so much to ask for to treat these people as political prisoners what was the big deal May their souls rest in peace

  27. PJ Savage on April 12th, 2011 12:15 am

    To say Bobby Sands and the other brave hunger strikers of the 20th century are heroes is an understatement. What makes these men so special is their ordinariness they were one with the ordinary man and woman. But unlike the most people they were prepared to sacrifice their lives for their comrades and the Irish people. As an Irish republican I would encourage the Bobby Sands Trust to pass ownership and copyright of all Bobby’s writings and poems over to his family as they have requested. Bobby Sands should not be used as a fund raiser for Sinn Fein.

  28. admin on April 12th, 2011 7:36 am

    When he was alive, Bobby sent his poetry, songs and writings to me as editor of ‘Republican News’ and of ‘An Phoblacht/Republican News’. His ‘comms’ re the tactics for hunger striking and publicity he sent to the leadership of the Republican Movement. In his will, he bequeathed his written works to the Republican Movement. We do not hold any personal comms or letters meant for the family. These were all delivered. So, you are mistaken. No member of the Trust is a beneficiary.
    – Danny Morrison, Secretary Bobby Sands Trust

  29. peter on April 14th, 2011 3:43 pm

    dear danny is there where i can get a photo of jimmy quigleys fireing party at jimmys funeral that day..peter.

  30. Shereen on April 21st, 2011 2:25 pm

    I’m a student in the US writing a paper about the Irish struggle, particularly Bobby Sands and the hunger strikes. I’m looking for a few good quotes for my paper. Particularly, I’d like to know how Bobby Sands story continues to inspire you today, and why you believe his story is still so powerful around the world 30 years after his death. I’m riveted by the history I’ve read here – thanks so much for providing it!

  31. PJ Savage on April 23rd, 2011 6:22 pm

    I respect the fact you didn’t edit my post and you replied.

  32. rich on June 23rd, 2011 5:04 pm

    “Against brute force and injustice, the people will have the last word, that of victory” – Che

  33. michael molnar on July 2nd, 2011 3:01 am

    I still love Bobby and will always remember.

  34. maurice on September 9th, 2011 1:53 pm

    hi im very proud to say that bobby sands is my hero i have always looked up to him.all my children no everything that he an his comaredes done for this country even my youngest who is 3 he says to me everytime we pass a mural of bobby daddy theres your best freind whos up in heavan god bless him. i am getting a tattoo done in bobbys memory with the sayn OUR REVENGE WILL BE THE LAUGHTER OF OUR CHILDREN. i am thinking about getting it done in irish but im ashemed to say ive never lernt it so i would be greatful if you can translate it for me.
    many thanks

  35. Mick McCartan on October 22nd, 2011 9:31 am

    tell Maurice that Bobby Sands saying ” our revenge will be the laughter o our children” in Irish formal is ” beidh ár díoltas an gáire ar ár bpáistí” buiochas mo chairde };-)

  36. D.Fosty on October 31st, 2011 12:31 am

    As a 12-year-old boy growing up in Canada, my father required us to watch the news after dinner. I remember when Bobby Sands and the rest of the hunger strikers started their protest – and when it tragically ended. I remember my father telling me, Sands is a hero. It has always left a lasting impression. He is a hero, if only the rest of us could be so noble.

  37. jeremy on March 3rd, 2017 5:30 pm

    I support your fight for independence. As an American I believe in the right of self determination. Keep up the good fight.

  38. Jonathan McWhirter on May 28th, 2017 2:47 am

    As an American who is more proud of having Irish blood than American, and as a Catholic in the southern U.S., I loved finding out about Bobby Sands. He was a man who I look up to, and his determination and will have always impressed me.His memory will always be respected by all I know, as it should for all I don’t. UP THE REPUBLIC.

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