Kevin Lynch, the seventh of the 1981 hunger strikers to die, is buried in Dungiven Cemetery. He is commemorated annually in the town. These images were taken on the day of the 30th anniversary commemoration.
The ten deceased 1981 hunger strikers are shown, each “murdered by Britain”, plus Michael Gaughan (“died on hungerstrike in Parkhurst Prison June 3rd 1974”) and Prionsias Stagg (usually Frank Stagg) (“died on hunger-strike February 12th 1976 Wakefield Prison”).
Republican Sinn Féin (web | old web | tw) board Chapel Road, Dungiven.
This is a board above the advertising hoarding commemorating the 200th anniversary of the 1798 Rebellion. “Erin go bragh” on the bottom scroll; it’s not clear that anything at all was written in the top scroll.
The title phrase is attributed to Brian McCreesh of his hunger-striker brother Raymond, from Camlough, Co Armagh. “Remember the H-Block martyrs.” This board is (temporarily) on display in Main Street, Dungiven.
“Dungiven remembers INLA Vol Kevin Lynch. Help build the socialist republic for which he died.” Lynch died after 71 days on hunger strike in 1981. The IRSP was the political wing of the INLA and continues to operate.
2009 was the fortieth anniversary of the beginning of the Troubles and of the “first person to be killed in the Troubles – murdered by the RUC at this spot [Main Street, Dungiven] on 14th July 1969”: Francie (Pól Beag) McCloskey. McCloskey was a 67 year-old farmer standing in a shop doorway on the 12th (BelTel) or 13th (An Phoblacht) when the RUC charged nationalist rioters attacking the Orange lodge. He would die of a brain hemorrhage on the 14th. “Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”
“In proud and loving memory of Vol. Kevin Lynch and his comrades who gave their lives on hunger strike … and all those who fought in the cause of Irish freedom. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anam uasal.” Main Street, Dungiven.
“Free John Brady Now – End internment – W???/32CSM” on Chapel Road exiting east from Dungiven. John Brady was released under the Agreement but was returned to prison in 2003 on weapons charges. He died in prison in 2009 (RN); an inquest will begin in November 2018 (Irish News).