Death of Eugene McCabe

The death has occurred of writer, playwright, and pacifist Eugene McCabe (90). Eugene’s trilogy of plays on the differing traditions in the conflict was titled Victims and was filmed by RTÉ. About it he said: “The overall theme is, of course, the futility of violence....

read more

39th Anniversaries Marked

Today is the 39th anniversary of the death of Micky Devine, the tenth and last man to die on the 1981 hunger strike. Below are a number of links to events held throughout this year (mostly online as a result of the Corona Virus pandemic) to commemorate the hunger...

read more

Thirty Nine Years

Today marks the thirty-ninth anniversary of the death on hunger strike of IRA Volunteer, Bobby Sands MP. Regardless of the passage of time the 1981 hunger strike in which ten young men laid down their lives over seven-months increases in historical significance and in...

read more

Death of Lily Fitzsimons

Well-known republican activist Belfast’s Lily Fitzsimons has died after a long illness. Lily was born in North Belfast in 1937 and lived in the city throughout her life, moving to the west of the city after she married. She joined with the women of Andersonstown and...

read more

Francie Brolly – A Great Irish Patriot

The death has occurred of leading republican Francie Brolly, a civil rights activist, a former prisoner, singer and songwriter, and for seven years until 2010 Sinn Féin MLA for East Derry. Only last August Francie, along with his wife Anne, attended the relaunch of...

read more

Comrades In The Dark

Two years ago the Bobby Sands Trust received an email from a young woman called Caitlin Barnett, an emerging UK choreographer based in London. She told us about a new contemporary dance piece her company had performed in 2016, as part of the Resolution festival for...

read more

‘This was the battlefield…’

Writer and playwright Phil Mac Giolla Bháin reviews Hunger Strike - Reflections (now in its third print since its release last August). The book is available through Easons, Waterstones, most independent bookshops and can be ordered online here -oo0oo- IT IS MY...

read more

Photos of Bobby Sands Discovered!

Incredible photographs of Bobby Sands from August 1976, possibly the last taken of him before his arrest weeks later, have been discovered in the archive of French photographer Gérard Harlay. Gérard covered the conflict between 1972 and 1976 and last March donated his...

read more

Marathon Cycle Honours Hunger Strikers

Cumann Rothaíochta Kieran Doherty TD set out on their journey last Saturday, 21st September, in memory of Kieran. This year’s cycle was later than usual, having been postponed following the death of Kieran’s mother, Margaret, in early August. The group of cyclists...

read more

Death of Margaret Doherty

Last month the mother of IRA Volunteer Kieran Doherty died in Belfast. Margaret Doherty was predeceased by her husband Alfie, and both, along with their children, had campaigned tirelessly in 1981 on behalf of Kieran who died after 73 days on hunger strike. The Bobby...

read more

View the Archives

Bobby Sands Trust

The Bobby Sands Trust was established to publish, promote and keep in print the extraordinary writings of Bobby Sands, who from prison isolation became an international figure in 1981, and who to this day continues to inspire Irish republicans in their pursuit of freedom from British rule.

Contact us

Post: The Secretary, Bobby Sands Trust, 51-53 Falls Road, Belfast, BT12 4PD, Ireland