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Bobby Sands

  • Irish activist
  • Born March 9, 1954
  • Died May 5, 1981

Robert Gerard Sands (Irish: Roibeárd Gearóid Ó Seachnasaigh; 9 March 1954 – 5 May 1981) was a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army who died on hunger strike while imprisoned at HM Prison Maze after being sentenced for firearms possession. He was the leader of the 1981 hunger strike in which Irish republican prisoners protested against the removal of Special Category Status. During Sands's strike, he was elected to the British Parliament as an Anti H-Block candidate. His death and those of nine other hunger strikers was followed by a new surge of Provisional IRA recruitment and activity.


I was only a working-class boy from a Nationalist ghetto. But it is repression that creates the revolutionary spirit of freedom.




Everyone, Republican or otherwise has their own particular part to play. No part is too great or too small, no one is too old or too young to do something.




The day will dawn when all the people of Ireland will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then we'll see the rising of the moon.




They won't break me because the desire for freedom, and the freedom of the Irish people, is in my heart. The day will dawn when all the people of Ireland will have the desire for freedom to show. It is then that we will see the rising of the moon.




We must see our present fight right through to the very end.




They have nothing in their whole imperial arsenal that can break the spirit of one Irishman who doesn't want to be broken.




Our revenge will be the laughter of our children.



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