Tommy Mellon
with some thoughts on the Bobby Sands comm expressing a wish not to be buried in Milltown or in a shroud. 

Unlike different claims in the past that cannot be verified, this claim can easily be put to rest by producing the actual unredacted comm.

Pat Finucane is no longer alive so cannot tell what he knows - the only actual proof is the comm.

My first thought when reading the typed copy of the comm and hearing the SF response was why the sudden change of mind?

The man by all accounts was meticulous and there is more than ample evidence of this from his writings and other comms and conversations with other blanket men.

He thought everything through to allow for all eventualities. Like a lot of people, he believed in the republican leadership and that they would honor his last wishes. It looks like that belief was betrayed and his funeral was used as a huge propaganda tool.

I do not know if Adams and his kitchen cabinet would have had the electoral ambitions then at the time of Bobby’s death as they did in later years. But if they went against his wishes for electoral benefit, to me, it is near the top of all the other things that they have done since.

Maybe Bobby did change his mind, but as pointed out he spoke and wrote of Ballina often and his wish to be buried there even after March 9th.

Again, he was meticulous in his planning. Why the change of heart between February and March 9th on the site of his burial?

Why is the topic of being buried in a blanket and not a shroud or suit never discussed again?

As for the Morrison statement that the others apart from Kevin Lynch were buried in republican plots with republican funerals, they could have buried Bobby Sands in the middle of a field in the Mourne mountains and it automatically becomes a republican grave.

They have no right or justification to keep the contents of the comm a secret anymore. The least they could do is have the comm examined to verify its authenticity and its contents.

It's insulting to his family not to know the truth.

If Michelle O’Neill thinks its crass for a family to know the truth about their loved ones last wishes then she is crass and does not understand the definition of crass which is lacking sensitivity, refinement, or intelligence.

The Sands family deserve the truth - release the comm and give them peace of mind.

Tommy Mellon is from a family with a long history of Republican and GAA involvement in Derry.

Comms Should No Longer Be Secret

Tommy Mellon
with some thoughts on the Bobby Sands comm expressing a wish not to be buried in Milltown or in a shroud. 

Unlike different claims in the past that cannot be verified, this claim can easily be put to rest by producing the actual unredacted comm.

Pat Finucane is no longer alive so cannot tell what he knows - the only actual proof is the comm.

My first thought when reading the typed copy of the comm and hearing the SF response was why the sudden change of mind?

The man by all accounts was meticulous and there is more than ample evidence of this from his writings and other comms and conversations with other blanket men.

He thought everything through to allow for all eventualities. Like a lot of people, he believed in the republican leadership and that they would honor his last wishes. It looks like that belief was betrayed and his funeral was used as a huge propaganda tool.

I do not know if Adams and his kitchen cabinet would have had the electoral ambitions then at the time of Bobby’s death as they did in later years. But if they went against his wishes for electoral benefit, to me, it is near the top of all the other things that they have done since.

Maybe Bobby did change his mind, but as pointed out he spoke and wrote of Ballina often and his wish to be buried there even after March 9th.

Again, he was meticulous in his planning. Why the change of heart between February and March 9th on the site of his burial?

Why is the topic of being buried in a blanket and not a shroud or suit never discussed again?

As for the Morrison statement that the others apart from Kevin Lynch were buried in republican plots with republican funerals, they could have buried Bobby Sands in the middle of a field in the Mourne mountains and it automatically becomes a republican grave.

They have no right or justification to keep the contents of the comm a secret anymore. The least they could do is have the comm examined to verify its authenticity and its contents.

It's insulting to his family not to know the truth.

If Michelle O’Neill thinks its crass for a family to know the truth about their loved ones last wishes then she is crass and does not understand the definition of crass which is lacking sensitivity, refinement, or intelligence.

The Sands family deserve the truth - release the comm and give them peace of mind.

Tommy Mellon is from a family with a long history of Republican and GAA involvement in Derry.

5 comments:

  1. Tommy - thanks for putting this out with TPQ.
    There is no reason not to publish the unredacted comms from Bobby Sands.
    If people think there is a reason then they should spell it out.
    I am sure they will get a hearing.

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  2. I agree 100%, nothing to hide at this point

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  3. Milltown is a special place for me.
    To walk around and see the names and often circumstances of our martyrs to our just cause was very special for me BUT Bobby specifically asked not to be buried there, for his own reasons.
    Surely he could have been afforded that last wish?
    For pities sake, he saw the hunger strike through for over two punishingly long months.
    Anyone involved with denying him those humble requests was no comrade.

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  4. I can't get to grips with this at all..honouring someone's last wishes are the last thing you can do for someone never mind the circumstances of his death i genuinely hope that he did change his mind in the weeks leading to his eternal reward and the comm will be produced to prove it but going by Bobby's poems and the undertones in ten men dead and an unfinished song not to mention his meticulous nature it would seem he thought of every outcome if this matter goes unresolved it will cause an even bigger rift in the republican movement than the brits will be full of glee,and his family deserves to know the truth

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