The Rhythm Of Time

The flag of the Basque Country/Euskadi flies above the hunger striker memorial (with Bobby Sands’s Rhythm Of Time) in Rockdale Street, Belfast. For more, see the 2001 image.

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Women In Struggle

“Generations shall remember them and call them blessed. With images of female activists including Máire Drumm, Mairéad Farrell, and Countess Markievicz. Rockmount Street, Belfast.

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St James’s Supports The Hunger Strikers

St James’s supports the hunger strikes – in Long Kesh and Armagh (vintage posters from the era are reproduced) and in Turkey. On the side-wall to the left, son Joseph McDonnell weeps at the foot of the coffin of his father, Joe. For in-progress images, see the 2001 post. Hugo Street, Belfast

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Where ’81 Never Happened

“HMP Maghaberry = Stormonts’ best kept secret. “Where ’81 never happened” – 32CSM” and a list of “Six County POWs”. First appearance of both 32CSM (32-county Sovereignty Movement) and IRPWA (Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association). Whiterock Road, Belfast

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Ballymurphy Cumann Na mBan

Volunteers in Cumann na mBan (or youth wing Cumann na gCailíní) from Ballymurphy and Springhill are remembered in a mural in Ballymurphy Road, Belfast. Anti-clockwise, they are Maura Meehan, Anne Marie Pettigrew, Dorothy Maguire, Eileen Mackin, Catherine (Cathy) McGartland, Anne Parker. All but Mackin are included in the Greater Ballymurphy plaque.

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Who Gave Their Lives For Irish Freedom

“In loving memory of volunters [sic] John Stone, Jason McWilliams, Kevin McCracken, and John Dougal.” The four IRA members are shown in front of the Springhill shops, with a Sinn Féin banner above the windows. With additional portraits of local activists Annie McWilliams, Mary Austin, Kathleen Clarke.

Springhill Drive, Belfast

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Bryson-Mulvenna

“In memory of [IRA] volunteers Jim Bryson and Patrick Mulvenna. Died on active service 1973”. The pair were killed by undercover British Army soldiers firing from above the Ballymurphy shops (Broken Elbow). Mulvenna died immediately (August 30th), Bryson three days later. Another plaque will later be added to the centre of the mural. Ballymurphy Road, Belfast

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The Names, The Stories, The Tales, The Sacrifices

“When the story of the Belfast Brigade of the IRA is told, when the war is over, is ended, among that story the names, the stories, the tales, the sacrifices, the actions of the volunteers from the Greater Ballymurphy area will be written large.” “This monument was erected by the republican people of Greater Ballymurphy in proud and loving memory of all those volunteers from the area who their lives in the fight for Irish freedom.” “Unveiled by Gerry Adams 12th May 1985.” “I i ndíl cuimhne i gcónai ag na poblachtánaigh ón cheantar Barr Cluanai.” “Also in memory of the civilians who died at the hands of the British Army, RUC, UDR and loyalist extremists.” The plaque was featured previously but the surrounding mural, with phoenix and volunteers with lowered rifles, is new. Ballymurphy Road, Belfast.

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