Pat ‘Beag’ McGeown

“Comrade, councillor, cara [friend].” Pat McGeown was a 1981 IRA hunger striker whose family intervened when he lapsed into a coma. After his release in 1985 he also worked for Sinn Féin and was elected to Belfast City Council in 1993. He died in 1996 of a heart attack. He is also remembered by a plaque on the Sinn Féin office on Falls Road. Ballymurphy Road, Belfast.

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Safe House

Four IRA volunteers “who gave their lives for Irish freedom”, John Stone, Jim McGrillen, Tommy Tolan, and Michael Kane, eat in the kitchen of a Ballymurphy house, perhaps belonging to one of the “republican activists Kathleen McCullough, Elizabeth McGovern.” The large image of Tolan would later be changed to show him in a brown suit and without the assault rifle.

Ballymurphy Crescent, Belfast

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Belfast Graves

“And all around are monuments that bear a martyr’s name/True patriots who fought and died to kindle freedoms flame/Jimmy Quigley, [Eamonn] McCormick and [Teddy] O’Neill with [Michael] Magee brave/Remember them, they died for us and found a martyr’s grave.” The words of Ray McAreavey’s song are modified to include four Ballymurphy IRA/Fianna volunteers. With additional portraits of local stalwarts Alice Franklin and Mary Fegan. Divismore Way, Belfast.

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You Can Kill The Revolutionary

” … but not the revolution”. Images of a modern IRA volunteer, hero of the 1916 Rising James Connolly (both painted by Mo Chara), Zapata, and a member of the United Farm Workers (both painted by Rubén Ortiz-Torres from the University of California, San Diego). Also, a phoenix and a Mexican eagle, and the colours of Ireland and Mexico. Dedicated to the San Patricios, an Irish battalion in the Mexican-American warBallymurphy Road, Belfast.

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Ballymurphy Resistance

“In proud and loving memory of Volunteers Liam “Bulmer” McParland, Billy Carson, Liam Mulholland, Sean Doyle”. Mulholland – fluent Irish speaker and the oldest person to be arrested during the initial internment sweep – is shown in the background while the other three are in fatigues, (all four in front of Ballymurphy shops). There are four additional portraits, of Rosaleen Russell, Annie Adams, Kathleen Moore, and Frankie Toner.

Ballymurphy Road, Belfast.

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Talk Of Us As Though We Were Beside You

IRA B Company volunteers Kevin Delaney, Patrick Campbell, Michael Clarke, Anne Parker, and Michael Sloan are shown on patrol in Ballymurphy Parade, the street just to the left of this mural. Campbell was 16 when killed by friendly fire; the oldest at time of death was Delaney, at 26. (Also named on the plaque are Esther Valelly, Theresa Campbell, and Maggie Campbell.) Glenalina Road, Belfast. “Grieve not nor speak of us with tears but laugh and talk of us as though we were beside you” “óglaigh na hÉireann, Belfast brigade, B. coy, 2nd batt”

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