The party put this forward in attempt to dispute these claims...
Sinn Fein included a transcript of a further comm on March 9, and say the original is in the Bobby Sands Trust archive of the National Library in Ireland.
In it, Sands writes:
If I don’t get seeing the Signer you should tell him of my change of heart on the Ballina thing, or should I say, change of mind... I was wondering (here it comes, says you), that out of the goodness of all yer hearts you could get me one miserly book and try to leave it in, the poems of Ethna Carberry – cissy. That’s really all I want. Last request, as they say. Some ask for cigarettes, others for blindfolds, yer man asks for poetry…
I thought that one would have to meet a solicitor (Signer) face to face in order to change a legal document?
However, as well as a screenshot of the above Sinn Féin statement I also include a screenshot of the March 9 comm given to David Beresford for his book, Ten Men Dead.
If you look at the final paragraph in that particular comm, you'll see it's the same as the one above in which Bobby asks for a book of Ethna Carbery poetry.
But if you search that whole comm in Ten Men Dead you'll not find Bobby referring to a 'change of heart on the Ballina thing.'
Why is this I wonder?
There is also a section from another comm (see below) from Bobby (Marcella) in which he gave reasons for wanting to be buried down there (Meaning Ballina).
Clearly he had been bringing up the topic of being buried in Ballina a number of times in communications between himself and Liam Òg (Hartley).
I have included a section from Nothing But An Unfinished Song by Denis O'Hearn, in which it refers to Bobby asking his lawyer to draw up a legal document backing up his request to be buried in County Mayo next to Michael Gaughan and Frank Stagg who had died on hunger strike in English jails.
Therefore, while the Sinn Féin statement is questionable due to the Ten Men Dead comm given to Beresford for his book, here is further evidence that Bobby wanted to be laid to rest in Ballina.
In the final screenshot you'll see that Bobby wrote, "so if I should die here, tell "Mr Mason" to bury me in my blanket..."
Postscript: Here's another question which has occurred to me: why did Bobby even feel the need to ask a solicitor to draw up a legal document regarding his burial wishes? Was this proof of the pressure he was being put under?
* All credit must go to Carrie McIntyre for uncovering the contents of these screenshots.