BOBBY SANDS
"...So venceremos, beidh bua againn eigin lá eigin. Sealadaigh abú".
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For several years on my journals devoted to Bobby, I have marked the anniversaries of all the hunger strikers as well as significant events. I would like now to refer people to the archive to look at the daily titles from last year, for example, in order to refresh their memory of the history of that time. If I find new articles or anything current to augment this journal, I will of course post it. For current events in the political situation, please refer to SAOIRSE32. I do monitor comments made here, so please feel free to post them.

Regretfully, I have had to introduce comment screening on this journal. It pains me greatly to discover a visible insult to Bobby or any of the brave hunger strikers, and I will no longer allow that to happen. I do have to approve all comments from non-friends now, but I do NOT screen your IP, and you may still comment anonymously. Your comment, if it is respectful, will appear after being seen by me. I do not have to agree with it, but I would like it to be respectful.

You may also read this journal at its alternate site on Blogspot: BOBBY SANDS or BOBBY SANDS on Lj.

The site search is located at the Lj site for now until Google becomes familiar with this location.

Thank you,
micheailin

Mural photo is a smaller version of the beautiful photograph by Conánn Fitzpatrick and is used with permission.
Comments 
17th-Jul-2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
bobby sands r.i.p.
23rd-Jul-2007 07:27 am (UTC)
Anonymous
hello from croatia. your site is great. bobby sands is my idol. bye.
27th-Jul-2007 03:10 am (UTC)
Thank you for both comments. I am always happy to see people enjoy and make use of the articles here, and I appreciate the feedback. :)
3rd-Aug-2007 07:08 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
A martyr and a hero. God Bless him and the others who have given their lives for freedom. R.I.P.
4th-Oct-2007 10:10 pm (UTC) - greek painting .10 irish martyrs
Anonymous
An icon from an art event .
Olympics 2004 Athens
Xaveri coast.
http://www.prosopa.eu/person_en.php?id=martyrs
Always remember and honor the
martyrs of H-block.

thank you for your site
gigas
7th-Oct-2007 01:42 am (UTC) - Re: greek painting .10 irish martyrs
Thank you so very much for posting your comment. I wish I could email you with my thanks. I am going to post this. :)
13th-Oct-2007 12:57 am (UTC) - God Bless
Anonymous
God bless Bobby and the rest of the falling heroes of 1981.God bless there strong beleives and there unquinchable thirst for freedom and there unfillable hunger for justice.God bless the people of Ireland and all those aroud the world who reached out in support of Bobby and the rest of the heroes of 81.
14th-Oct-2007 12:19 pm (UTC) - thank you
and God bless you as well. :)
15th-Oct-2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
Anonymous
god bless Bobby Sands and the rest of the 1981 heroes.
22nd-Oct-2007 12:19 am (UTC) - To Bobby
Anonymous
Love this site finally a place were you can really express your sorrow and support for Bobby.Hes a national hero and hopefully some day soon he and all republicans will see there day of glory .God bless Eireann.
23rd-Oct-2007 10:16 am (UTC) - Re: To Bobby
thank you for your comment. :)
22nd-Oct-2007 12:32 am (UTC) - IM SORRY
Anonymous
Im sorry i was not there to dry your final tear
Im sorry i was not there to fill the enemy with fear
Im sorry i was not born to mourn your final morn
Im sorry i was not born to march to your grave
Bobby you were so brave, filled with the blood of a rebel
you and the rest were incredible.
You slayed the evil dragon and shot the horrid baron
So all Ireland so great could stand and celebrate
her freedom and liberty free at last from all the bigotry
Like Collins and Pearce you stood and faught and made the
evil enemy scarce
But Bobby it was worth it for never will you die not as long as there
is a rebel here to hear you cry.
(THIS IS A POEM FOR A MAN WHO LOVED POETRY HOPE TO POST MORE IN THE FUTURE)

23rd-Oct-2007 10:15 am (UTC) - Re: IM SORRY
Thank you for your tribute to Bobby.
1st-Nov-2007 12:42 am (UTC) - SAOIRSE32
Anonymous
I am born in 1963 and raised by an grandfather who stod his groud against massive enemy forces in winter 1939 on the Finish eastfront in Kollaa. He was a quiet man and did not speak of the war, he was wounded badly as well during our struggle against soviet oppressors. But one thing he taught me, to hate oppressors. We lived on a small farm 2 kilometers from the soviet border. He used sometimes point his finger eastwards and say to me, keep an eye open to that direction, when it comes it will come from there. And be ready. For me Bobby Sands is a hero, as the others are, but his passing I remember best. Come spring and an yellow rose will be placed on his resting place by me. To my many Irish friends I am known as Rico from Finland and to the british scum that we fought in our traweller community in Tel-Aviv winter 1995, I do not know what they call me. And do not care. Today I live in peace, but their 3 pack commanders are not forgotten, oppressors, one day you will show in the wrong street corner, and then the wolf smiles opon you as It did in the good old days. I have made my political wievs public many times enough and that is the reason for my contribution here. For others I recommend Benachem Begins book "The Revolt". He was once the prime minister of Israel and had an 10.000 pound price on his head whilst living in Tel-Aviv. He was a freedom fighter aswell and in his book he writed that there is no difference between the Irish problem and the problem that brits caused whilst ruling Palestine, nowaday Israel.
3rd-Nov-2007 01:18 am (UTC)
Anonymous
The cold wind breaks the Antrim coast
The heavy rain shakes the sailing boats
The Irish winter does notting to deter the dreaded ghost
The prison guard fastens his long black coat
Alone and forgotten he sits
Hungry tired and worn
The cell darkly lit
He just stands there to mourn
Suddenly he hears a sound
Drums in the distance whaling from the sky
To his window he goes to try to see
Something tells him he'll soon be free
The drums continue to sound the whaling now so loud
Through the window comes the ghost
To the prisoner she has a toast
Your mission now complete she says
Now you may be free i will take you home
This is the end of your roam
But o no you are not dieing the ghost says while there flying
Because any time one of your children says the words reborn again you shall be
The words they are simple to learn say them one say them all
Bobby Be Free
Bobby Be Free
God Bless You Ireland may one day you be free.
7th-Nov-2007 09:13 am (UTC)
Whoever you are, thank you so much for this beautiful poem.


Bobby be free.

4th-Dec-2007 01:55 pm (UTC) - ten men dead
Anonymous
im a catholic girl,we wer brought up 2 no who bobby sands was an thru the nationalist area i grew up on we seen many things,however it wasnt until i read the book 10 men dead tht i cud almost imagine wat it was lik 4 these men an their families.thru this book i cud see tht these men were passionate n devoted 2 their cause.people who write bad things about these men should b ashamed.it saddned me greatly reading this book tht these men were forced 2 go tht far and pay the price with their own lives.
may god rest them all.
5th-Dec-2007 03:36 am (UTC) - Re: ten men dead
Thank you so much for your lovely letter, and you are right about that book. ♥
6th-Dec-2007 01:27 am (UTC) - Dark cold night of murder
Anonymous
As the dark night falls
Freedom hears its call
Ten wise men dieing
a whole nation crying
The rain pours down the prison walls
A gust of wind blows down the Falls
One of the prisoners leaves out a sigh
There freedom they must buy
On the streets the enemies patroll
they march without a soul
The children they line the street
They play a cheerfull beat
The prisoners take there walk
All too worried to talk
Then the murder is a committed
A crime that is befitted to this old curly haired witch
On buetiful green Irish grass this crime will not stay
This vicios murderer will pay
For she killed freedoms voice
And now she has no choice
Shell stand and she will pay
Wherever that she lay
In a Milan 5,000 march and burn the enemies flag
In paris they carry banners supporting the brave fighters
The world is obviously shocked the irish land is rocked
Dead are ten of her proudest sons
At the funeral the sound of a rebel guns
21 gun salutes there freedom now absolute
We all know who the battle that day
And thats all to be done is pray
For the boys of freedom
as God comes to lead them in his hand a tri colour
For blessed ireland and her buetiful freedom

=heres another poem hope you all enjoy it.
7th-Dec-2007 10:58 pm (UTC) - Re: Dark cold night of murder
Thank you very much. I do enjoy it. It invokes such sadness.
8th-Dec-2007 11:13 am (UTC)
Anonymous
Thanks for posting my poems.Bobby is my idle he has inspired all my poetry he is a national heroe was a brilliant voice for all us republicans who are every day branded as terrorists just because we love our country.Go mbeannai dia Bobby
buiochas agus slainte
10th-Dec-2007 02:09 am (UTC)
It is good to see and post your work anytime. Thank you for it. :)
10th-Dec-2007 10:27 pm (UTC) - Go away cold winter cloud
Anonymous
Go away cold winter clouds
Through away your warm woolen shrouds
Come out you summer sun
Its time to have some fun
Bobby look down on those Irish babling streams
Enlighting us with your warm tendor beams
Show us the way with your wisdom
To a new free green kingdom
May you look down on every Irish city
cast upon it your pity,
But soon dry your tears
A new day is coming after all these years
Together we walk one step closer
Every year were one year older
Freedom is coming be ready be prepared
Freedom is coming for all those who cared
Dawn the begining of a new day
Bobby thinks as he looks over the bay
To himself he screams from his heart,
IRELAND BE FREE!! IRELAND BE FREE!!
coming is the day ireland will be free



dedicated to all those who want to be free
11th-Dec-2007 06:29 am (UTC) - Re: Go away cold winter cloud
I like this one very much. Thank you. <3
7th-May-2008 06:12 pm (UTC) - just a quick comment... :)
Anonymous
Hi! Im a catholic girl from Galway, and had always known the name Bobby Sands. But that was it. Recently, i read "Nothing but an unfinished song" and "Blanketmen"- two books that really show what these men went through for their country. I'm now actually ashamed of myself- i'd always considered myself fairly well up on irish history, but i was so shocked at how much i didn't know!! There's no real point to this comment but i just wanted to show my respects to Bobby- may he - and everybody else who gave their lives for this country- rest in peace. xx
8th-May-2008 12:07 pm (UTC) - Re: just a quick comment... :)
Thank you so very much for your comment. I am thankful you made it, and I am glad that you had the opportunity and good fortune to read those books. There are many more good ones too that will open your mind and heart to this time in history. What a wonderful thing! :)
25th-Jul-2008 12:25 am (UTC) - bobby sands...
Anonymous
Hi Marcella my name is martin I have always wanted to meet a member of bobby’s family ,I have read everything I could get my hands on to know more about him, I went to twinBrooke to see were he grew up and fellow the story of all the hunger strikers. I think he was a great Irish hero Ireland lost a beautiful son when bobby past away, I see a lot of different groups hijack his name and some have used his sacrifice to further there own political agenda and I think that is wrong. I think what he gave Ireland is in its self the most precious a gift from a true Irishman. I am a poet myself and felt his strength trough his writings I hope to hear a reply form you soon and this message finds you well.

God bless martin mcgearailt… ps my email address is poeticrebelheart@gmail.com
26th-Jul-2008 01:22 am (UTC) - Re: bobby sands...
Hello Martin,

Thank you for your comment, and I agree with you. Have you written any poems about Bobby? If so, feel free to post them here. I will be watching to make it visible. Or if you have photos you would like to show concerning Bobby or your trip to visit where Bobby grew up, that would also be welcome. I used to have a whole gallery online of photos, but the site went down. :(

Thank you again for your comment.
Re: bobby sands... - Anonymous
Re: bobby sands... - Anonymous
11th-Sep-2008 02:00 am (UTC) - Bobby Sands, a brave man...
Anonymous
Hi,
I just want to say, that first of all, i am a Prodestant.
I am old enough to remember the hungerstrike of 81, and as a prodestant i took no pleasure in the deaths of these brave men. It was a sad time for all.
I grew up in a loyalist area in Portadown, and i can remember being in a bar one night, and some young lad made a reference to Bobby Sands. A group of guys sitting drinking at a table, called the young lad over, and told him in no uncertain terms, that if he spoke out of place again about Bobby Sands, he would know about it. The guys were all olde school UVF men, some of whom would have been in jail at the time of the Hungerstikes.
What always stuck with me from that night in the bar, was something i heard one of the guys say to the young lad.
He said "Those guys died for what they believed in, they were brave men he said, and should be remembered as such, and not be dishonured because of their religion.
This did happen, and i just want to point out that although i am from a loyalist background, Bobby Sands, and the other 9 brave men were true soldiers to their cause, and i know that many prodestant people view their sacrifice with a great sadness, and their sacrifices should never ever be forgotten.
I just hope and pray that the dark days of the conflict are over, and that we can all, prodestant and catholic, can live on this great island in peace.
Thankyou
Ace
12th-Sep-2008 12:35 am (UTC) - Re: Bobby Sands, a brave man...
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this. I appreciate it very much.

--micheailin
24th-Nov-2008 03:28 pm (UTC) - Books on Bobby Sands
Anonymous
I'm about to read 2 books on 'Bobby sands'.But I've bought one which you donot agree with.I was reading one in my Aunties house when I was over in Belfast and Im sure it was the one you didn't agree with.My Father's family are originaly from East Belfast the Short Strand.They did have connections with the cause.I look forward to reading the books.
24th-Nov-2008 09:12 pm (UTC) - Re: Books on Bobby Sands
I'm glad you are reading about Bobby. One of the nice things about a free society is that you are allowed to read what you wish, good and bad. Intelligent people are not swayed by unsupported or prejudiced opinions but can make up their own minds about what to accept and to believe. Without knowing the titles you are speaking about, I couldn't tell you what I think, but it's good you are reading. Thanks for your comment. :)
28th-Nov-2008 03:34 pm (UTC) - Books
Anonymous
Are there any other books which I could read written by'Bobby Sands'
Will be reading 2 in Spain next week being previous ones mentioned.
2nd-Feb-2009 06:27 am (UTC) - Re: Books
Morelike, read about than by, unfortunately...
11th-Feb-2009 04:09 pm (UTC) - HUNGER STRIKERS
Anonymous
THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK AND CEVORTION TO THE MEMERAROY OF THE FALLING I AM FROM DERRY AND HAVE SEEN A LOT OF THE TROUBLES E G BLOODY SUNDAY AND ATTACKS ON OUR PEOPLE ON A DAILY BASIES FROM ALL SIDES TODAY I LOVE IRELAND AND KEEP THESE MEMORIES CLOSE TO MY HEART AS SOME ONE ONCE SAIS I WOULD DIE FOR A CAUSE BUT I WONT KILL FOR ONE SLANCA MO CHARRA
12th-Feb-2009 02:19 am (UTC) - Re: HUNGER STRIKERS
Thank you for your comment.
12th-Apr-2009 01:52 am (UTC)
Hello from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada -

We have just watched the movie HUNGER and truly " mans inhumanity to man "
never fails to astound me; I recently read that at the USA's 'Gitmo'
(Guantanamo Bay )in Cuba they forced tubes down mens throats to forcefeed
them when they went on a hunger strike to avoid a Bobby Sands scenario.

We were wondering if YOU think the movie is factual and true to Bobby ?

Did someone actually shoot Ray (the Maze Prison torturer) as depicted in the film?

If you could recommend one book out of all that have been written which one
would you choose ?
26th-Apr-2009 08:27 am (UTC)
Thank you for your comment. I cannot comment on the movie as I cannot make myself watch someone else playing Bobby. I dun know if anyone else has the same kind of feeling, but when I had the chance to see it, I backed out. I will ask my knowledgeable friend about the matter. I'm sorry.

Books are positive and negative. Some I like for various reasons. Some have shortcomings in one respect or another. I can give you a list of several books--but to hold up just one I cannot.
12th-Jun-2009 05:51 am (UTC) - the hunger strikers
Anonymous
I, although American, and of southern irish decent have personal experience with rough treatment by the british while going through customs at many points in the past. I guess my name was always enough for them to pay me greater scrutiny even in my youth. I am pained by the sacrifice of the hunger strikers even through all this time. I hope you all know that even those of us far away remember.

Thank you.
13th-Jun-2009 04:07 pm (UTC) - Re: the hunger strikers
Thanks very much for your comment.
15th-Jun-2009 08:32 pm (UTC) - RIP Bobby Sands
Anonymous
Hiya, just came accross this page by accident to be honest but quite enjoyed reading everyone else's view!

I have read Bobby's book "One Day in My Life" and really enjoyed it. Some parts gave me shivers! I am currently reading "10 Men Dead" which is giving me a bit more information and I am enjoying learning all about the Republican Movement. My cousin (Padriag Pearse James Connolly Atkin!!) recently gave me a book called "5o Dead Men Walking" and assured me I wouldn't be able to put it down once I started. I am looking forward to that. Also to see the film.

I have also watched a few films but find it difficult as I get quite emotional and upset by some of the harsh treatment which they men suffered at the hands of the brits. Hunger in particular upset me. I couldn't finish watching The Wind That Shakes The Barley. I feel that H3: The Blanketmen's Story was very moving and powerful. If anyone is interested in watching films based on the Troubles I strongly recommend this one.

I have attended a fair few marches here in Glasgow, Bloody Sunday Rememberance, Doc's anniversary parade at Easter, St Patrick's Day etc. I am really looking forward to the Annual Hunger Strike Commemoration march in Bundoran this year in August.

I would like to ask, if anyone knows of any, which books would be best for me to read to learn more about 1916 and the Easter Rising. I feel that I have showed an interest in the 1981 Hunger Strike but would love to learn more about The Easter Rising. Any thoughts?

TAL, Sammy
15th-Jun-2009 11:18 pm (UTC) - Re: RIP Bobby Sands
Thank you lots for your wonderful comment, Sammy. I am going to ask my historian friend at '1169 and counting...' (http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com/) to recommend some good books for you if she will. Watch this spot. :)
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