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Surfing Into Life on a Bathboard

Surfing Into Life on a Bathboard

This is the enigmatic title of former blanket man Jake Mac Siacais’s memoir which previously was published as gaeilge. Here, guest reviewer Roy Greenslade gives his opinion on the book, part of the growing canon of prolific republican prison literature. -oo0oo- ‘I...

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On The Blanket

On The Blanket

Many republican memoirs have been published in recent years covering a variety of prison experiences, from Síle Darragh’s John Lennon Is Dead, to Jaz McCann’s 6000 Days. Eoghan ‘Gino’ Mac Cormaic, who was sentenced to life imprisonment, first published his book as...

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Death of Liam McCloskey

Death of Liam McCloskey

The death has taken place of Liam McCloskey, one of the surviving hunger strikers from 1981. Liam was originally from Dungiven, County Derry. He had been arrested in an early morning raid on his home in December 1976. Also arrested at that time was Kevin Lynch, his...

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‘They did not flinch…’

‘They did not flinch…’

Irish-American writer Tim O’Grady reviews the recently published book by An Fhuiseog, The Comrades, tributes to the hunger strikers by former prisoners, which is on sale through republican outlets in Dublin and Belfast. -oo0oo- IT IS DIFFICULT to approach this book as...

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Death of Tony MacMahon

Death of Tony MacMahon

Members of the Bobby Sands Trust were saddened to  hear today of the death of Tony MacMahon (82), one of the best-known figures in traditional Irish music and a friend of the republican POWs, during earlier, grim times. In his time in RTÉ Tony, from Ennis, County...

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We Stand In Awe

We Stand In Awe

In 1981 Jim Gibney, a member of Sinn Féin and of the National H-Block/Armagh Committee, liaised with the hunger strikers in the H-Block prison hospital. He tells of that period in the book, The Comrades Three months after the hunger strike ended Jim was arrested,...

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End of 1981 Hunger Strike

End of 1981 Hunger Strike

At 3.15pm, on this day forty years ago, the 1981 hunger strike ended after two hundred and seventeen days. With increasing family interventions as prisoners lapsed into unconsciousness the hunger strike as a weapon was voided. Within three days the British conceded...

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Gerry Adams Reviews The Comrades

Gerry Adams Reviews The Comrades

In his most recent weekly column in the Andersonstown News the former President of Sinn Féin and ex-prisoner, Gerry Adams, reviewed The Comrades. The book has sold out and is now being reprinted. (Featured photograph is of Republican POWs in England protesting on...

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‘Powerful… extremely emotional’

‘Powerful… extremely emotional’

The Irish premiere of a contemporary dance, inspired by the writings of Bobby Sands and resistance to oppression, was staged in the Devenish Complex in West Belfast on Wednesday, 22 September, sponsored by Féile an Phobail. Communities Minister Deirde Hargey was...

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THE COMRADES

There were three separate launches for The Comrades, a book written by former friends of the twelve hunger strikers who died between (1974 & 1981), with an introduction by the former leader of the women in Armagh Jail, Síle Darragh. The launches were in Belfast,...

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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.

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