Launch of Website

November 7, 2008 · Print This Article

Members of the Bobby Sands Trust pictured at the re-launch of the Trust’s website in the Felons Club, West Belfast, Friday, 7th November 2008. Left-to-Right: Maire Moore, Danny Morrison, Brendan ‘Bik’ McFarlane, Gerry Adams, Jim Gibney & Carál Ní Chuilín. (Picture by Sean Duffy)

The Bobby Sands Trust’s redesigned website was officially launched in the Felons Club, West Belfast, on Friday, 7th November, 2008. Danny Morrison, secretary, chaired the event which was addressed by Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams MP, who spoke of the historic legacy of the 1981 hunger strike and dedicated the site to the memories of the ten H-Block martyrs and to Michael Gaughan and Frank Stagg who died in prison in England.

Danny Morrison said that the Trust hopes to archive all Irish republican prison-related poems and songs since the founding of the United Irishmen, and to also eventually archive prison protest songs from other anti-imperialist struggles and anti-fascist struggles around the world.

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15 Responses to “Launch of Website”

  1. Mairtin Og Meehan on November 8th, 2008 9:24 am

    Congratulations to the Trust for yet again keeping Bobby’s legacy relevent! The name and selfless struggle of Oglach Bobby Sands M.P. will remain on the lips of future generations of Irish citizens. Again my thanks to the Trust!

  2. Maitiú on November 8th, 2008 10:53 am

    Maith thú…

    I think this is a brilliant idea!

  3. Maitiú on November 8th, 2008 10:54 am

    Maith thú

    I think this is a brilliant idea, its so important that Bobby and his fight is not forgotten!

  4. Kate on November 8th, 2008 3:22 pm

    Thank you for this site. for doing your part.

    Kate

  5. charlie mc menamin (Derry) on November 8th, 2008 6:34 pm

    excellent site,obviously in good hands,but could do with more input from the rest of Ireland,more pics and stories from those that took part on the streets campaigning on behalf of the prisoners.Sinn Fein were to the forefront of the campaigning,without their input more people would have died on the streets and in the jails,i was proud to have been part of the campaigning youth groups at the time and will never forget those who died,inside and outside of the prisons.

  6. anthony darragh on November 9th, 2008 8:49 am

    well done with the work on the site.

  7. Seán Roibeard Ó hAdhmaill on November 10th, 2008 5:22 pm

    A chairde,
    Would it not be a fitting tribute to Bobby to make the same room for the Irish-language on this tribute website as Bobby did in his during his own life?

    I was born after Bobby died but he inspired many people of my parents’ generation in his love and use of the Irish-language.

    My middle name is after Bobby (the Irish version – Roibeard) and I was one of the first pupils enrolled in Naíscoil na Fuiseoige, set up after his death. It also has a gaelscoil, Scoil na Fuiseoige which is considered by many as a living tribute to him and his love for the Irish-language.

    It would be a great disservice to the memory of Roibeard Ó Seachnasaigh (Bobby Sands) were his love, his use, his writings in Irish not given the correct space on this tribute.

  8. Seamus Kelly on November 10th, 2008 8:23 pm

    The launch of the revamped website touched a raw nerve in me as i sat listening to each of the speakers, the memory of all of the hunger strikers is still very much alive, not just in Ireland but in different parts of the world, this is one website that i shall be monitoring closely in the future.

  9. Salvatore on November 11th, 2008 12:15 pm

    Many thanks again for you good job

  10. Irish History on November 11th, 2008 6:15 pm

    Any tribute to Bobby, comrades who died on hunger strike or any other fallen comrade is to be a congratulated, welcome addition. This website is an excellent tool to build popular and international knowledge of political conditions in Ireland and prisions throught the north during 1980/81 and also the conditions that led to the protest.

    I do however notice that it has a Sinn Fein orientated agenda which is non-reflective of the wider republican base.

  11. Paul Maguire on November 15th, 2008 4:49 pm

    The website is fantastic, and great credit must go to all the team involved. Whats more, it is a fitting tribute to truley heroic figure who is honoured and respected, not just in Ireland, but throughout the world. Bobby wrote that ‘ our revenge will be in the laughter of our children’ which makes realize what an extremely gifted individual Bobby was: he had foresight, knowledge, courage and most of all incredible humanity. This website is a most for anyone seeking information on a true hero.

  12. Pádraig on November 20th, 2008 6:28 am

    Brilliant website. Hopefully it promotes Bobby’s ideas to a wider audience.
    More should be done, however, to promote the Irish language on the site. It would be only reflective of the prominence Bobby gave it in his writings and activism

  13. prontias ni brongaille on December 13th, 2008 7:16 pm

    well done bobby should never be forgotten

  14. Gerard Davison on December 18th, 2008 6:23 am

    Brilliant idea and hopefully this page will continue to internationalise the Republican struggle.Just looking at the site stirred a lot of emotions and memories of that period.I would like to see a lot more images on the site.

  15. Gerry O'Brien on May 13th, 2009 8:31 pm

    As an Irish-American my heart fills with pride knowing all the people who have work tirelessly to keep the truth and hope that Bobby Sands has bought to all Irish People around the world.

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