Fight Bigotry, Fight Racism

“Cur stad le ciníochas” [“put an end to racism”]. WARN (West Against Racism Network) mural putting anti-Irish sentiment (in London 1966 – “No blacks, no dogs, no Irish“) in parallel with racism against modern-day immigrants to Belfast.

Divis Street, Belfast

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Copyright © 2005 Peter Moloney

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Máire Drumm At Bodenstown

Wolfe Tone  is buried in Bodenstown graveyard, Co Kildare, and every year republicans make a pilgrimage there to commemorate his role in the United Irishmen’s 1798 Rebellion and the beginning of Irish nationalism. In 1972, the address was given by Máire Drumm, vice-president of Sinn Féin, a position she held until she was assassinated in the Mater Hospital by the Red Hand Commando in October 1976.

“Ní síocháin gan saoirse … thinker and doer, dreamer of the immortal dram and doer of the immortal deed. We owe to this dead man more than we can ever repay him. To his teaching we owe it that there is such a thing as Irish nationalism. And to the memory of the deed he nerved his generation to do. To the memory of 1798 we owe it that there is any manhood left in Ireland …”

Divis Street, Belfast

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INLA Fallen Comrades

“In proud memory of our fallen comrades, Irish National Liberation Army” Danny Loughran, Rose Campbell, Matt McLarnon, Bonanza McCann, Nancy Tumelty, Gino Gallagher, Anthony Dornan. “If you strike us down we shall rise again and renew the fight. You cannot conquer Ireland. You cannot extinguish the Irish passion for freedom. If our deed has not been sufficient to win freedom then our children will win it be a better deed.” “Erected by the Irish Republican Socialist Ex-Prisoners Memorial Committee.” Christian Place, Belfast.

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Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass, 1818-1895. “Inspired by two Irishmen to escape from slavery Frederick Douglass came to Ireland during the famine. Henceforth he championed the abolition of slavery, women’s rights and Irish freedom.” “Perhaps no class has carried prejudice against colour to a point more dangerous than have the Irish and yet no people have been more relentlessly oppressed on account of race and religion. (Also by Douglass, and which would have made an apt quote for the mural: “I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”) Divis Street, Belfast.

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