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The 1980 and 1981 hunger strikes are both commemorated in this black flag with the lark in barbed wire representing the “Spirit of freedom”. Falls Road, Belfast

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Hunger Strikers Memorial

The hunger strikers memorial in Rossville Street, Derry, was launched in 2000. The central “H” carries the names of the ten deceased 1981 strikers, while the stones to either side carry the names of other republicans to have died on hunger strike: Thomas Ashe 1917, Michael Fitzgerald 1920, Joseph Murphy 1920, Terence McSwiney 1920, Joseph Whitty 1923, Denis Barry 1923, Andrew Sullivan 1923, Tony D’Aroy 1940, Jack McNeela 1940, Sean McCaughey 1946, Michael Gaughan 1974, Frank Stagg 1976.

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Our Revenge Will Be The Laughter Of Our Children

For the 20th anniversary of the 1981 hunger strike, this freestanding “H” was constructed along the Falls Road, Belfast. Across the centre bar are the words of Bobby Sands “our revenge will be the laughter of our children” and images of IRA (Tricolour) and youth (Sunburst) volunteers firing over a lark encircled in barbed wire.

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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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Copyright © 1995 Peter Moloney