Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

“Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité” was a slogan used during the French Revolution of 1789. The Society Of United Irishmen was inspired by both the American and French revolutions. It was founded in 1791 and planned to rebel when French troops arrived. 15,000 attempted to land unsuccessfully in 1796 and only a thousand were involved in 1798. South Link, Belfast

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Óglaigh Na hÉireann 1803–2003

Robert Emmet was hanged on September 20th, 1803, after his unsuccessful rebellion. At trial, he predicted that the struggle for Irish independence would continue, in his parting speech: “When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then and not till then, let my epitaph be written.” There is no direct link between the Irishmen and an army of the Irish Republic – after the execution of Emmet and Thomas Russell, the Society Of United Irishmen collapsed. The Maid Of Erin harp is the symbol of the Society.

Bingnian Road, Belfast

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Éire Nua

“Éire Nua” was the Provisional Sinn Féin and (after the split) Republican Sinn Féin (RSF) plan for a federal Ireland, with a semi-independent Ulster parliament. The board above combines various iconic images: Divis tower, Cave Hill, Free Derry Corner, the female volunteer in beretthe revolutionary in front of the Tricolour on a pike.


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They May Kill The Revolutionary

“They may kill the revolutionary but not the revolution.” The imagery of the open-throated volunteers goes back to a 1981 poster. The 11 portraits are perhaps those of the people listed on the roll of honour at Constance Markievicz House, a short distance away: Martin Skillen, Gerard Fennell, Sean McDermott, Paul Best, Pearse Jordan, Terence O’Neill, John Dempsey, Martin Forsythe, Tom Magill, Sean Savage. Kevin McCracken. Norglen Parade, Belfast.

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Murdered By SAS Cowards

“David Devine, Michael Devine, Charles Breslin – murdered by SAS cowards.” The three IRA members, aged 16, 22, and 20, were shot by SAS soldiers while returning arms to a dump in a field outside Strabane on February 23rd, 1985. The incident prompted accusations of a ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy, as there was no attempt at arrest.

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Join Now

“Éire Nua” was (and is) the name of a Sinn Féin policy document first produced in 1979 and subsequently updated; Republican Sinn Féin split off in 1986 and – like Na Fianna Éireann and Continuity IRA – still supports the vision outlined in it. Notable here is the inclusion of a (now-defunct) web address. Divis Street, Belfast.


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