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Published on Jul 24, 2011
So I'll wear no convict's uniform Nor meekly serve my time That Britain might brand Ireland 's fight Eight hundred years of crime. ~ from "The H-Block Song" by Francie Brolly, Dungiven 1976 On March 30th, he was nominated as candidate for the Fermanagh and South Tyrone by-election caused by the sudden death of Frank Maguire, an independent M.P. who supported the prisoners' cause.
In an historic by-election, which was the subject of international interest, Bobby was victorious over his unionist rival. But the British still refused to treat with the prisoners and at 1.17am on Tuesday May 5th, having completed 65 days on hunger strike, Bobby Sands, M.P., died in the H-Block prison hospital at Long Kesh.