Bobby Sands

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An IRA worker who died while on a hunger strike in a British prison, Bobby Sands was also the composer of "Back Home in Derry," a song that was performed and recorded by a variety of Irish music artists,…
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An IRA worker who died while on a hunger strike in a British prison, Bobby Sands was also the composer of "Back Home in Derry," a song that was performed and recorded by a variety of Irish music artists, including Mary O'Dowd, Christy Moore, and the Fenians. Sands joined the IRA in the early '70s but was arrested and convicted on a possession of firearms charge. He was later released from prison but was convicted again for the same charge in 1977; by 1981, he had organized a hunger strike, from which he died in May of that year. "Back Home in Derry" was eventually banned in the United Kingdom, once information got out about who had really written it, although the so-called "ban" only increased the popularity of the song (some Irish music experts estimate that it has been recorded as much as 1,000 times). One of the finest renditions of "Back in Home in Derry" is from the aforementioned Moore, on his album Ride On.