Ten Hunger Strikers

2004 image of the names (left) and portraits of the ten deceased 1981 hunger strikers, seen previously in 2001. Bishop Street, Derry.


Copyright © 2004 Peter Moloney


The Struggle For Political Status


This is a 2002 image of the board in Beechmount Avenue, Belfast, for the 20th anniversary of the (1980) hunger strikes in Long Kesh and Armagh Women’s prison. Previously seen in 2001.


Copyright © 2002 Peter Moloney

St James’s Supports The Hunger Strikers

St James’s supports the hunger strikes – in Long Kesh and Armagh (vintage posters from the era are reproduced) and in Turkey. On the side-wall to the left, son Joseph McDonnell weeps at the foot of the coffin of his father, Joe. For in-progress images, see the 2001 post. Hugo Street, Belfast

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Copyright © 2002 Peter Moloney
Copyright © 2003 Peter Moloney

1916-1982/Break Thatcher’s Back



Here is a 1982 image of the Break Thatcher’s Back mural in Rockmore Road, Belfast, showing a blanket man with outstretched arms demanding “status now”, framed by a large “H” and surrounded by barbed wire, Tricolours, and the Starry Plough. In 1981, there was a Sean O’Casey quote on the left, rather than a lily and the year of the Easter Rising — 1916.

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O’Casey/Break Thatcher’s Back


The quote on the left is from Sean O’Casey, not Bobby Sands MP: “You cannot put a rope around the neck of an idea; you cannot put an idea up against the barrack-square wall and riddle it with bullets; you cannot confine it in the strongest prison cell that your slaves could ever build.”

On the right, an H-Block blanketman is on his knees, protesting for (political) “status now”, surrounded by barbed wire and two flags on halberds: the Irish Tricolour and the Starry Plough.

Rockmore Rd, Belfast


Copyright © 1981 LC