Today, Sunday, 1st March, is the twenty-eighth anniversary of the start of Bobby Sands’ hunger strike. This is what he wrote in his diary on Sunday, 1st March, 1981:

I am standing on the threshold of another trembling world. May God have mercy on my soul.

My heart is very sore because I know that I have broken my poor mother’s heart, and my home is struck with unbearable anxiety. But I have considered all the arguments and tried every means to avoid what has become the unavoidable: it has been forced upon me and my comrades by four-and-a-half years of stark inhumanity…(for more read)