Irish republicans pay tribute to Bobby Sands by reading his diary entries
Former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams says that to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Bobby Sands hunger strike, 17 activists will read one of Bobby's 17 diary entries.
On March 1st 1981, Irish Republican Bobby Sands began his hunger strike. For the first seventeen days, Bobby Sands kept a diary of his innermos thoughts and views on the journey that lay ahead of him.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary, 17 activists will read one of Bobby's 17 diary entries each night at 7 pm.
The reading will begin on Monday evening, as former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams announced and will be a way to "remember all of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Ireland's freedom struggle."
Bobby Sands was an Irish republican, an IRA Volunteer and a key figure in the fight against British imperialism in the north of Ireland during the 1970s and early 1980s. He came to public prominence during the 1981 hunger strike when he led the protest by men in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh and women in Armagh Jail who sought political prisoner status. Bobby endured years of solitary confinement and beatings. During his imprisonment he was elected MP for the constituency of Fermanagh and South Tyrone.
Bobby began his hunger strike on 1st March 1981 and died after sixty-six days on the 5th May 1981.
In the aftermath of his death he has become an international figure that inspires not only Irish republicans in their pursuit of freedom from British rule, but people around the world in the fight for their rights.