Bernadette Sands McKevitt

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Bernadette Sands McKevitt (born in November 1958[1]) is an Irish republican, and a founding member of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

She lived in the mainly loyalist Rathcoole area of Newtownabbey before her family were forced out of their home, when they moved to republican West Belfast.[4] She is the younger sister of Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) hunger striker Bobby Sands.[5] She was unable to attend his funeral because she was on the run at the time.[citation needed]


Her husband Michael McKevitt was the Quartermaster General of the IRA and later a founding member of an anti-Good Friday Agreement splinter group commonly known as the Real Irish Republican Army.[5] Bernadette and McKevitt have three children.[6]


  1. ^ O'Hearn, Denis (2006). Bobby Sands: Nothing but an Unfinished Song. Pluto Books. p. 3. ISBN 0-7453-2572-6.
  2. ^ "The bombers have blown a hole in more than the BBC". The Guardian. 5 March 2001.
  3. ^ "Links with terror group rejected". BBC. 17 August 1997.
  4. ^ "Father of Maze hunger striker Bobby Sands dies at the age of 91". Belfast Newsletter. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Bobby Sands film fuels argument over Sinn Fein 'sell-out'". Belfast Telegraph. 22 May 2008.
  6. ^ Village.IE.Interview with Bernadette Sands 1 February 1998, retrieved 1 October 2008