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Bobby Sands was born in 1954 in Rathcoole a loyalist community in North Belfast as the first child of John and Rosaleen Sands He was followed by two sisters Marcella and Burnadette and a brother Sean The first years of Bobbys life were spent qui ly at Abbots Cross in the Newtonabbey area of North Belfast However the anti-Catholic attitudes raised their heads and the Sands family was forced to move in 1962 to another predominately Protestant ghetto in Belfast Growing up in these areas led to e nature of hate that most Catholics have being in the segregated areas of Belfast Bobby shared the same experiences and had the same feelings At the age of fifteen Bobby quit school and began work as an apprentice coach builder and joined the national union of vehicle builders In 1968 Bobby was forced out of his job due to anti-Catholic resentment His sister Burnadette says Bobby went work one day and these fellows were standing there cleaning guns One fellow said to him Do you see these here well if you dont youll get this Then Bobby found a note in his lunchbox telling him to get out1 These events would change his life orever In 1972 the Sands family was forced to move again when their house was sold to a Protestant couple without their concent The family moved to a Catholic housing settlement in West Belfast It was here that Bobby first heard about the IRA and joined up ith it within months Bobbys life changed dramatically My life now centered around sleepless nights and stand-bys dodging the Brits and calming nerves to go out on operations But the people stood by us The people not only opened the doors to their homes to lend us a h d but opened their hearts to us I learned that without people we could not survive and I learned that I owe them
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