Tom Williams’s family was driven out of the Shore Road and settled in Clonard, where he joined the local Fianna and then IRA. He was hanged at age 19 in Crumlin Road gaol for the killing of an RUC officer. Williams took responsibility so that the others in the gang, including Joe Cahill, could be reprieved. His body was buried in the prison but exhumed and re-buried in Milltown in 2000 (WP).
Next to the board is a plaque “dedicated to all from the Falls and Clonard areas who lost their lives as a result of the conflict in our country. A Mhuire, banríon na nGael, guigh orthu. [Mary, queen of the Gaels, pray for them]”
Copyright © 2001 Peter Moloney