Crossed Rifles

Pike, pistol, and assault rifles — a brief history of republican weaponry in remembrance of local volunteers and activists. At the centre, below the phoenix, is Stan Carberry, included on a Falls Road plaque. AMCOMRI Street, Belfast. “Erected by Coiste Cuimhneacháin Ard na bhFeá 2003. The plaque reads, “This mural is dedicated to the volunteers of ‘A’ company 2nd batt. Belfast Brigade Óglaigh na hÉireann, to the Sinn Féin members Mid Falls cumann, who militarily and politically gave their all for a 32 county social democratic republic. Their names have been spoken off [sic] among their friends and comrades throughout the years. Now everyone can see the faces and not just hear the names of the ordinary people with extra-ordinary lives.”

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Collusion! Collusion!

Added to the drawing of collusion between security forces and loyalist paramilitaries are portraits and news reports of its victims: John Slane, John Devine, Peter Watterson, Anthony McGrady, Sadie Larmour, Paddy McAllister, Jim ‘Skipper’ Burns, Paddy BRady, Philomena Hanna, Patrick Hamill, and shopkeepers Jim Carson and Sean Hughes. Beechmount Avenue, Belfast.

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Pat Finucane

“Targeted by British Establishment; Executed by Loyalist killer gang.” Solicitor and “human rights activist” Pat Finucane was shot in 1989 at his home in north Belfast by loyalist paramilitaries aided by MI5. Collusion in the killing was admitted in 2011 by then-Prime Minister David Cameron. Ten years after Finucane’s death, Rosemary Nelson was also assassinated. “If you don’t defend human rights lawyers, who will defend human rights? – Rosemary Nelson”. Rare for a mural, this piece is signed by the artists.


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An Phoblacht

Here is the outside of the An Phoblacht/Republican News office on Andersonstown Road, Belfast in 2003. The symbol in the middle is the crest of 1798’s United Irishmen – “Equality” and “It is new strung and shall be heard” around a Maid Of Erin harp and the cap of liberty. In 2018, the newspaper will only publish on-line. See previously: the mast-head on the side of the Falls Road Sinn Féin office.


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Basque And Irish Youth Independence And Socialism

In Basque: “Euskai eta irlandur gazteria etorkizunagatik borrokan” (“Basque and Irish youth are fighting for the future”). “Éilíonn óige na mBascach agaus na hÉireann saoirse agus sóisialachas”(“Basque and Irish youth demand freedom and socialism”).

Segi (“follow”) is a proscribed organisation in the EU on account of its ties with ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna). It maintains fraternal ties with the youth wing of Sinn Féin.

Andersonstown Road, Belfast

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Expose Collusion/Free The Castlerea Five

Castlerea Prison is in Roscommon, Ireland. Five IRA prisoners convicted of killing Garda Jerry McCabe during a robbery in 1996 – Pearse McCauley, Michael O’Neill, John Quinn, Jerry Sheehy, Kevin Walsh – were not released in the wake of the Good Friday Agreement. A campaign for their release was organised under the slogan “Free the Castlerea Five!”. Above is a Sinn Féin call to a rally to “expose collusion – state sponsored murder. Fírinne Anois – Truth Now!” Andersonstown Road, Belfast

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