The Ten

Portraits (along with ages and dates of death) of the ten deceased 1981 hunger strikers against backgrounds of their home areas. Mickey Devine, for example, is shown in front of Free Derry Corner while Martin Hurson is at a football game. Rockmore Road, Belfast. For seven of these panels in 1995, see Seven.


Copyright © 2001 Peter Moloney

Cohionannas Do Gach Duine

Scots Guardsmen Mark Wright and James Fisher, who served six years of a life sentence for the killing of Peter McBride and then rejoined the army, are compared to republican POWs: “An open letter to the British Secretary of State: Why does your government show preferential treatment to ‘state murders’ while discriminating against Irish POWs – we are denied employment, PSV license, no adoption, compensation, visas. Why? Signed St James’s POWs. Co[m]hionannas do gach duine” (equality for everyone)

Donegall Road, Belfast


Copyright © 2001 Peter Moloney

St Patrick’s Day Funding Denied

In this board from “St James’s youth” and “St James’s ex-prisoners and carnival choas” St Patrick at the head of a parade of children is blocked from city hall by an Orangeman. The first St Patrick’s day parade to be held in Belfast city centre was in 1998 but funding for this and parades until 2006 was denied on the grounds that it was not inclusive of Protestants (Bryan & Skinner). The event “Tús maith leath na hoibre” [a good start is half the work].


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Our Revenge Will Be The Laughter Of Our Children

For the 20th anniversary of the 1981 hunger strike, this freestanding “H” was constructed along the Falls Road, Belfast. Across the centre bar are the words (usually attributed to Bobby Sands) “our revenge will be the laughter of our children” and images of IRA (Tricolour) and youth (Sunburst) volunteers firing over a lark encircled in barbed wire.


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The Gibraltar Three

The Gibraltar Three (Mairéad Farrell, Sean Savage, Dan McCann) – “executed by British crown forces in Gibraltar 6th March 1988” – are memorialised with a plaque and the last three verses of Bobby Sands’s Rhythm Of Time: “It is found in every light of hope/It knows no bounds nor space/It has risen in red and black and white/It is there in every race.//It lies in the hearts of heroes dead/It screams in tyrants’ eyes/It has reached the peak of mountains high/It comes searing ‘cross the skies.//It lights the dark of this prison cell/It thunders forth its might/It is the undauntable thought, my friend/That thought that says ‘I’m right!'”

Hawthorn Street, Belfast.


Copyright © 2001 Peter Moloney