James Connolly

“Born 5th June 1868, executed 12th May 1916. Connolly. “Ireland as distinct from her people is nothing to me.” James Connolly, socialist, patriot, republican, lived here [420 Falls Road, Belfast] as labour organizer during the years 1910 to 1916. This plaque was presented by Gerry Fitt MP on behalf of the Republican Labour Party and unveiled by James Connolly’s son Roderic on 5 June 1968.”

Falls Road, Belfast

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Brian Robinson

“1st Batt B Coy Vol Brian Robinson killed in action 2nd Sept 1989. For his country and people he took up the gun a volunteer to the end and a true Ulster son robbed of his life’s blood in Sept 89 but the name Brian Robinson will live for all time.” Robinson was killed by an army undercover unit moments after he had shot and killed a Catholic named Patrick McKenna (WP). As the plaque notes, his mother died at the same time – she reportedly had a heart-attack when she heard of his death.

Disraeli Street, Belfast

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Lt Col Trevor King

Trevor “Kingso” King served time for his part in the Battle At Springmartin in 1972, in which seven people, including a British soldier, died. In 1994, having been shot by the INLA and paralysed from the neck down, King took the decision to remove his own life-support (WP).
The words on the left are from Suicide In The Trenches by WWI poet Siegfried Sassoon:
You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads pass by
Sneak home and pray you’ll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go

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No 5 Platoon

This UVF platoon 5, A company, 1st battalion, mural is just across Conway Street from the Noel and Tombo Kinner mural, which is also a platoon 5 mural. The plaque is “in memory of a true soldier, Big Bill Campbell”; for more info on Campbell, see Loyalist Prisoners & Widow’s Welfare (from when the plaque was moved up to the Shankill Road).

The verse on the left is from Siegfried Sassoon’s Suicide In The Trenches. “At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we shall remember them” is from another WWI poem, Laurence Binyon’s For The Fallen.

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They Gave Their Tomorrow For Our Today

Information about the people named in this mural is patchy.

UVF volunteer Noel Kinner was imprisoned for the killing of Brendan McLaughlin in 1980 (politics.ie); he died of a heart attack on 4th November, 1996, two years after his release; there is a ballad describing his life (youtube).

Thomas “Tombo” Kinner was a YCV volunteer of the same unit: platoon 5, A company, 1st battalion.

Volunteer Noel Shaw is described by Sutton as dying in a UVF feud.

Most/All of the people mentioned were members of the Sons Of Ulster flute band (Fb).

Conway Walk, Belfast.

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