On this Father’s Day I am very saddened to hear the news that John Sands, the father of famed hunger striker and Irish martyr Bobby Sands, has passed away. I cannot imagine the pain of a father losing a child and I hope that how Bobby has been remembered and the love of the rest of his family made his life easier after the loss of his son. I also hope that son’s beautiful smile was the first he saw in his afterlife for that would be a happy Father’s day indeed.
Rest in Peace sir.
His memorial service will be held Tuesday, 17th June, at St Agnes’ Chapel, Andersonstown Road, in Belfast.