John McDonagh RFÉ 13 January 2018

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Radio Free Éireann
WBAI 99.5FM Pacifica Radio
New York City

John McDonagh offers condolences and comment on the death of Rosaleen Sands. (May she rest in peace.) (begins time stamp ~ 10:14)

John:   Radio Free Éireann sends its condolences out to the Sands Family and we have a long connection with the Sands Family, in particular with Bernadette – that when she came over to New York she did the show up at WBAI and she got to meet and hang out with Grandpa Al Lewis and go around the tri-state area and we’ve often had her on as a guest throughout the ’80’s and ’90’s and it was a valuable resource to have them.

Rosaleen Sands in 1981
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But with the death of the mother you see a lot of the hypocrisy that’s going on in people sending out different condolences and particularly irritating – there’s an organisation out of Belfast called the Bobby Sands Trust which is run by, on the board of directors, by a millionaire named Gerry Adams and also Danny Morrison – and they issued a statement of condolences. But if they really were sincere about the condolences they would finish-up the Bobby Sands Trust and not do and sell his life and legacy into books and films and I just wanted to read a statement that the Sands Family had put out and you can get it in The Guardian.

It says:

The Sands Family once again reiterates that the Bobby Sands Trust does not act on behalf of Bobby, nor does it represent our family, in any way, shape or form. We again call upon the trust to disband and to desist from using Bobby’s memory as a commercial enterprise.

So, if they really want to send condolences they can wind-up and give back all the writings of Bobby Sands back to the Sands Family.
(ends time stamp ~ 11:50)