The Falls Curfew

“I ndíl chuihmne William Burns, died 3-7-70, Charles O’Neill 3-7-70, Zbigniew Uglik 4-7-70, Patrick Elliman 11-7-70, murdered by the British Army during the Falls Curfew of July 3-5 1970. The curfew was finally broken by the courage and determination of the women of Belfast.”

Falls Road, Belfast. The plaque for a time moved to the international wall (see the mural to Máire Drumm and the ending of the Falls Curfew) before returning to this spot (next to Elaine’s/Falls Rolls – see Ár Tae Will Come).

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Stailc Ocrais

IRA volunteer Michael Gaughan died in Parkhurst prison in 1974 after 64 days on hunger strike (stailc ocrais). He was force-fed seventeen times during the strike and his family alleged that he died from food stuck in a punctured lung. The practice was ended after Gaughan’s death.

Frank Stagg was on the Parkhurst hunger strike with Gaughan, and another in Long Lartin prison, and a third in Wakefield in December 1975. He died after 62 days on February 12th, 1976.

Gaughan’s coffin was draped with the Tricolour used to bury Terence McSwiney in 1920, whose famous quote is at the top of the board: “It is not those who can inflict the most but those who can endure the most who will achieve ultimate victory.”

Falls Road, Belfast.

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James Connolly

“Born 5th June 1868, executed 12th May 1916. Connolly. “Ireland as distinct from her people is nothing to me.” James Connolly, socialist, patriot, republican, lived here [420 Falls Road, Belfast] as labour organizer during the years 1910 to 1916. This plaque was presented by Gerry Fitt MP on behalf of the Republican Labour Party and unveiled by James Connolly’s son Roderic on 5 June 1968.”

Falls Road, Belfast

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