“Eolas ar mo theanga, ealos ar mo shaol. [Knowledge of my language, knowledge of my world]” Líofa [fluent] is a new scheme set up by culture minister Carál Ní Chuilín of Sinn Féin (CAIN) that allows low-income people to attend Irish courses. It was launched in September, 2011, with an initial goal of getting 1,000 people to sign up and commit to using Irish by 2015, a goal that was immediately met (Belfast Media) and has now been doubled (An Sionnach Fionn).
The logo has been defaced and “scum” added below “Sinn Féin”, and “IRA” below “Join the 2,000+ already signed up”.
A board in the Bogside for “International Women’s Day, 8th March 2013 – Battling On: From petrol bombs to yarn bombs.” The woman in the painting – in the style of Banksy’s Flower Thrower (also imitated in Bundoran Banksy) – seems to have a petrol bomb rather than a yarn bomb.
Hand-painted “BRY” [Bogside Republican Youth] and “No RUC” boards but also computer-designed and -printed stickers in the Bogside, Derry. The boards are probably local productions, while the stickers probably come from the same German store responsible for the anti-fascist, “Irish republican solidarity” and “Good night, loyalist pride” stickers (see Northern Ireland World). The Facebook sticker is presumably for the store or for antifa; as far as we know, BRY has never had a Facebook page or internet presence; the web address “www.irishrepublicansolidarity.info/” is defunct.
Dolours Price died on January 23rd, in Malahide, apparently from an overdose or adverse mixture of medications. Price had served seven years of a twenty-year sentence for the 1973 car bombing of the Old Bailey in London, during which she went on hunger strike and was force fed (WP). She was the sister of Marian Price; both were IRA volunteers. See previously (from 1974): Bring Home The Winchester 8.
“BRAG” is “Bogside Republican Action Group” and “BRY” is “Bogside Republican Youth”; the rest of the writing seems to be initials/signatures. See previously: BRY Petrol Bombers. (The petrol bomb was long ago a symbol of Ógra Shinn Féin (J2182).)
“Bring them home – free the Cuban 5”. Free Derry Corner flies the Cuban flag in support of the “Cuban 5”. The five were Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, Fernando González, and René González, intelligence agents arrested in 1998 and accused of spying on the US; the Cuban government said they were in the US to infiltrate the Cuban exile community. Their convictions were overturned by a Circuit panel but upheld by the full court (WP).
For the anniversary of his death, a poster of Volunteer Eamonn Lafferty is placed alongside the ogham stone and dolmen to the 1st battalion, Derry Brigade, IRA. Lafferty was killed on August 18th, 1971 – there are both a mural and a headstone to his memory in Kildrum Gardens.