Jim McKernan

“I ndíl cuimhne Óglach Jim McKernan executed by the British Army near this spot 14th September 1986. Fuair sé bás ar son saoirse na hÉireann. [He died for the cause of Ireland’s freedom]” McKernan was killed in a gun battle between an IRA unit and a British Army foot patrol. Andersonstown Road at Ballyowen.

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They Were Faithful And They Fought

The main plaque (shown first above) is new; like its predecessor (see M02186)  list of the local dead of the IRA 1st battalion, Belfast brigade and related members of the republican movement. (A shorter list is on the plaque to the left, shown second.) There is also a 200th anniversary plaque for the 1798 rebellion: “1798-1998 Who Fears To Speak Of 98. This plaque was erected to the memory of the United Irishmen who gave their lives for Irish freedom also those who died as a result of the Great Hunger. ‘These are the times that try mens’ souls.’ [- Thomas Paine] The rich always betray the poor.’ – Henry Joy McCracken.” The memorial garden is next to the Andersonstown Social Club (a.k.a. the PD or “People’s Democracy”).

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Coiste Chontae Aontroma CLG

“Coiste Chontae Aontroma CLG 125 Bliain. Cluichí cultúr agus teanga.” [County Antrim GAA Committee, 125th anniversary] Casement Park, named after Roger Casement (in the lower right knotwork WP), was opened in 1953, blessed by Cardinal D’Alton, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland (shown in the lower right. The central panel shows Setanta, who became Cú Chulainn by (in one version) killing Culann’s hound with a sliotar. (Victor Patterson has an image of a British Army post being constructed on the pitch.) Andersonstown Road, Belfast. (The same image would later be used on the bookies at bottom of Whiterock Road. See X00549)

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Still Not Free

Éirígí (web) board with the “Democratic Programme Of The first Dáil Éireann” 90 years ago in 1919, declaring “the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies”.

This is the first éirígí poster in the PM collection; previously we had only seen stencils (M04501 | M04535). It became a political party in 2007.

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