Twelve Hunger Strikers

The mural of the ten 1981 hunger strikers is replaced by portraits of the twelve modern hunger-strike deaths (including Frank Stagg and Michael Gaughan) on Bishop Street (Without) in Derry.

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Robert ‘Guinney’ McGuinness

“In memory of Robert (Guinney) McGuinness murdered by British troops on 26th June 1973. Always remembered by his friends.” McGuinness was shot from a saracen on the 22nd near his home and died four days later. Those on the scene recount his death in this Derry Journal article.

Brandywell Avenue, Derry.

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Micky Devine

“This memorial is dedicated to the memory of Volunteer Micky Devine, Irish National Liberation Army and H-Block martyr who gave his life on 20th August 1981. Also dedicated to his nine brave comrades. ‘Our freedom must be had at all hazards. If the men of property will not help us they must fall; we will free ourselves by the aid of that large and respectable class of the community – the men of no property’ – Theobold Wolfe Tone” Brandywell Avenue, Derry.

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The Foundation Of The Republic Will Be Their Legacy

“This dolmen was erected in memory of the fallen volunteers of the 1st Battalion Derry Brigade Ogliagh na hEireann. The dolmen was first erected in Ireland about 3000 BC. It is believed that they were erected to honour an esteemed chieftain or warrior. Tógadh an leacht cuimhneacháin in ónóir agus i gcuimhne ar Chéad Chathlán Bhriogáid Dhoire Óglaigh na hÉireann. Tugtar ómós do mhisneach agus d’iobairt na nóglach a thug a raibh acu ar son saoirse na hÉireann. [Homage is paid to the courage and sacrifice of the volunteers who gave all they had for Irish freedom.] Ní dhéan[m]ar dearmad ar a gcrógacht agus ar a n’íobairt agus beidh bunú na poblachta a n-o[i]dhreacht. [We will not forget their bravery and sacrifice and the foundation of the republic will be their legacy.]

The ogham stone, part of the memorial garden to the Derry Brigade, has a plaque added to it.

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The War Isn’t Over

These graffiti and small boards are on the fence around Dove Gardens as it is rebuilt. “God bless the Loughgall martyrs” and “Oglaigh na hEireann” and “IRA rule” aim to establish the CIRA and RIRA as simply the IRA. For “Free Colin Duffy” see Freedom Is A State Of Mind.

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Keenan & McGillan

“In proud and loving memory of Vol. Colm Keenan and Vol. Eugene McGillan killed on active service 14th March 1972. Beirigí bua.” Six weeks after Bloody Sunday, teenagers Keenan and McGillan were shot and killed during a gun battle between the IRA and British Army in which, it is claimed, they were not participants (RN/AP). Dove Gardens, Derry, site of their deaths.

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