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Union jack, with bleeding red hand above it, on Rank Road the Inchmarnock Drive side of Durness Walk, Ballybeen.

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These Good Men Have Give Their Lives

“It is not for glory we defend Ulster but for Freedom we Fight, which these good men have give their lives.” The men in question are “Vltr”s Hugh McVeigh, Andy Craig, and Brian (Barney) O’Raw from the UFF’s East Belfast brigade 3rd (Ballybeen) battalion (McVeigh and Craig are described as being from G company in the plaque on the right).

Colonel McVeigh was killed in the feud with the UVF in April 1975; Andy Craig was shot by the IRA in September of that year; O’Raw was killed by the UVF in 1997.

Drumadoon Drive, Ballybeen.

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Blood, Tears, And Sweat

“We have nothing to offer but blood, tears, and sweat. Whatever the cost maybe, we shall fight on the beach’es, we shall fight in the fields and on the street’s. We shall never surrender.” A message from “E.B. [east Belfast] Loyalists” in Castlereagh Parade, combining two speeches of Winston Churchill’s:
1940-05-13: “I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined the government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask: What is our policy? I will say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us, to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark and lamentable catalogue of human crime.”
1940-06-04: “We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches. We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets. We shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender. ”

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