Ten Hunger Strikers

The lower part of the long wall in Bishop Street, Derry, in 1988. From left to right: a funeral volley fired over a scroll (blank in the first shot, filled-in in the fifth; Cú Chulainn dying; portraits of the ten deceased 1981 hunger strikers; Bobby Sands’s “spirit of freedom” quote (shown in the final image) which concludes “I remain what I am – a political prisoner of war”; a celtic cross; “Free All POWs” (similar image to Racecourse Road); and a lark in barbed wire over a Tricolour.

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Free The POWs

A collage of image from the previous 30 years, including banging binlids on the ground, Mairead Farrell in Armagh prison, men on the blanket, the cages of Long Kesh, marches in support of the hunger strikers, and reproductions of various posters, against Margaret Thatcher, plastic bullets, internment, and censorship. There’s a quote from Bob Dylan in the middle, “How many times can a man turn his head and pretend that he just doesn’t see – the answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind, the answer is blowing in the wind.”

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Free Our Prisoners

“In memory of our freedom fighters who fought and died for Ulster. It was not for glory they fought nor honour or riches but freedom alone which no good man should lose but with his life.” A three-panel UFF mural in Linfield Road. A scroll with four emblems (UDA, UYM, UFF and Ulster banner); flags of the UDA and Scotland with manacled red fists and an outline of Northern Ireland superimposed with the Ulster banner, between emblems of the LPA and another prisoners’ organisation; a kneeling volunteer from A battalion, south Belfast’s Sandy Row.

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Free The POWs

Republican H-Block POWs divided into “sentenced’ (Lyttle, S. Campbell, Collins, McGarrigle, McKinney, McSorley, McEvoy, Doherty, McKeirnan, Thompson, Mary E. Campbell) and “remand” (Magee, Mahon, O’Hagan, Bradley, M. Campbell, Hughes, Stitt, Boyle, Lavery, McCart).

On the right, a manacled fist in front of strands of barbed wire, with “saoirse” and the male and female symbols in the green of the ‘green ribbon’ campaign. New Lodge Road, Belfast. Also rare: the mural is dated (1995).

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Free St James POWs

3 boards outside the IRSP offices on the Falls Road: “Saoirse” (freedom) – represented by a dove  (or perhaps a lark) carrying keys through barbed wire – for all republican prisoners. Tony O’Neill, Marty McCartney, Sean Adams, Cathil Fox, Paul Norney, Daniel Rooney, Rory Dougan, Sean Kelly, Pat Sheehan, James Morgan, Fra Hamilton, Bernard Fox, Kevin Cosgrove, Gerry McDonnell

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700 Irish Political Hostages

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A combination fist-dove smashes a line of barbed wire: “700 Irish political hostages – Release them now”. The names on the side wall: Martina Anderson, Martin Brogan, Danny Doyle, Martin O’Neill, Seamus Doherty, Adrian Kelly, Paul Kinsella, Ray McCartney, Gerry Hamilton, Paddy Villa, Jim Doherty, Don Brown, Pat McLaughlin, John Donnelly, Roy McCool, Phil Nolan, John McDevitt, Eddie McKeever

Westland Street, Derry

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