“The people’s taxis”, meaning the people of nationalist west Belfast, as is clear from the imagery surrounding the WBTA terminal entrance: Fionn eating the salmon of knowledge (while standing on the Giant’s Causeway), The Limerick Piper (transposed to Belfast’s Cave Hill) by John Patrick Haverty (1794-1854) (also reproduced in this Ardoyne mural), and an unknown female warrior, perhaps Gráinne.
“Thomas Russell, 1767-1803, United Irishman, “the man from God knows where“, librarian 1794-1796”. Russell was the second librarian of the Linen Hall Library and was arrested there in 1796 on a charge of inciting rebellion. For his part in the rebellion of 1803 he was executed by beheading at Downpatrick gaol, on October 21st. Donegall Square North, Belfast.
“West Belfast Taxi Association. Dedicated to the memory of Michael Duggan, Harry Muldoon, Patsy McAllister, Coimhin Mac Bradaigh, Thomas Hughes, Hugh Magee, Padraig Ó Cleirigh, Jim Green. Murdered in the service of their community. A Dhia dean trocaire ar an n-anama. May God have mercy on their souls.” Just inside the WBTA office at King St/Berry St/Francis St.
“This memorial commemorates the men and women who served their country in the battalions of the Ulster Defence Regiment 1970 – 1992: 1st (County Antrim), 1st/9th (County Antrim), 2nd (County Armagh), 2nd/11th (County Armagh), 3rd (County Down), 4th (County Fermanagh), 4th/6th (County Fermanagh and County Tyrone), 5th (County Londonderry), 6th (County Tyrone), 7th (City of Belfast), 7th/10th (City of Belfast), 8th (County Tyrone), 9th (County Antrim), 10th (City of Belfast), 11th (Craigavon)”
For information about those listed on the Royal Irish Rangers (27th (Inniskilling) 83rd and 87th) roll of honor, see militaryimages.net.
“Dedicated to the people of Belfast, the island of Ireland and beyond who joined the XV International Brigade to fight Fascism in the Spanish Civil War 1936 – 39, and to those men and women from all working traditions who supported the Spanish working people and their Republic. This sculpture was commissioned by the International Brigades Commemoration Committee and unveiled by Bob Doyle International Brigade veteran on 13th October 2007. Sculpted by Anto Brennan. Erected by the Open Window Production Team, Gerard Brennan.” Writers Square, Belfast.
Previously by the Brennans: Jim Larkin in Donegall Square.
Images from inside Kelly’s Cellars in Belfast city centre, with portraits of Henry Joy McCracken and Theobald Wolfe Tone. ‘The Man From God Knows Where’ is Thomas Russell, an Anglican from Cork who joined the British navy and then the cause of the United Irishmen and the Emmet rebellion. He was executed for treason after the rising in October, 1803 (video of the full poem by Florence Wilson | Irish News account of his death).
“This statue was jointly commissioned by the ICTU & Laganside Corporation. Unveiled on the 8th of May 2006 by David Begg, General Secretary Irish Congress Of Trade Unions. ‘The great are only great because we are on our knees. Let us arise’ – James Larkin. Sculpted by Anto Brennan, erected by Open Windows Production Team Gerard Brennan, Gerry McCullough, Joe Morrissey. Architect Des Grehan.” Donegall Street Place, Belfast. See also No Pasarán.
“Henry Joy McCracken 1767-1798, United Irishman, born in a house near this site”. Henry Joy McCracken was Ann Joy, daughter of Francis Joy, linen manufacturer and founder of the Belfast Newsletter. Henry was born in High Street, which is at the northern end of the entry.